Protesters in week-long bid to block Adani mine
ANTI-ADANI protesters are preparing for a week-long demonstration against the Indian mining giant in an attempt to stop work going ahead on its Carmichael coal mine.
Tycoon Gautam Adani last month announced the company would break ground on the $16.5 billion central Queensland mine in October.
Demonstrators from the Frontline Action on Coal and Reef Defenders groups were training on the weekend ahead of a planned week-long protest kicking off at Yasso Point in Bowen tonight.
Whitsunday tourism operator Paul Jukes will be among them. He said governments were prioritising Adani over thousands of north Queensland business owners who relied on the Great Barrier Reef.
A Deloitte Access Economics report in June put the value of the Reef at $56 billion, more than twice that of the mine, and warned of serious economic consequences unless more was done to protect it.
“(The mine) doesn’t make sense financially, it doesn’t make sense environmentally,” Mr Jukes said.