Climate protest knocked out of park
A media event planned to take place on private property at The Reef Marina on Tuesday was relocated only hours after the media release went out.
The event, organised by a climate action group called 350 was planned to involve the unfurling of a banner reading “Mass Reef Die Off - brought to you by Australia’s no. 1 polluter AGL” in what was pitched as a photo opportunity.
The event would have followed a trip to the reef by divers to “capture images of bleached coral, highlighting the link between Australia’s biggest carbon polluter and coral bleaching” according to the release.
According to 350 Cairns spokeswoman, Zelda Grimshaw, she had failed to realise the marina was private property, and was approached by a representative of the marina.
“There were concerns about banners being unfurled on the property, and we were requested to hold the media call not on the marina property.
“It didn’t occur to me to seek permission to hold the meeting there. I offered an apology and said of course we’ll move.”
The reef trip, and therefore the media event was cancelled on Tuesday due to weather concerns.
350 plan to visit the reef on Friday, and hold the media event off marina property.
TRM declined to comment.