COPS CHECK AC­TIVISTS’ HIGH JINKS

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­DREW BACKHOUSE

PO­LICE are in­ves­ti­gat­ing if ac­tivists broke the law by plac­ing a ban­ner on the her­itage­listed Cas­tle Hill yes­ter­day.

Early yes­ter­day protest group Front­line Ac­tion on Coal posted a photo on Twit­ter of a # StopA­dani ban­ner which was placed above the iconic “saint” graf­fiti on the mono­lith that tow­ers over Townsville.

Stop Adani Townsville spokes­woman Wendy Tub­man said the ban­ner was placed on the hill by a “lo­cal group of con­cerned cit­i­zens”.

She said the ac­tivists in­stalled the ban­ner as part of a cam­paign against Adani and pre­vent­ing cli­mate change.

Townsville In­spec­tor Roger Whyte said po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent.

“In­quiries are con­tin­u­ing … as to whether any of­fences were com­mit­ted,” he said.

Ms Tub­man said the ac­tion was con­nected to the ALP’s State Con­fer­ence in Townsville, which starts to­day.

Ms Tub­man said Adani was bet­ting on a $ 1 bil­lion loan from the NAIF.

“There is no ques­tion that our re­gion needs in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture but there is no way that the ( Queens­land) Govern­ment can de­fend back- ing a $ 1 bil­lion loan for a bil­lion­aire,” she said.

“The Govern­ment should in­stead sup­port those projects that de­liver long- term jobs in sus­tain­able in­dus­tries like re­new­able en­ergy, agri­cul­ture and tourism – these are the sec­tors wor­thy of NAIF fund­ing.”

The Cas­tle Hill ban­ner was re­moved by 8.45am.

Pro­test­ers, in­clud­ing Stop Adani and GetUp! mem­bers, are plan­ning to stage a demon­stra­tion at the Townsville en­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre this morn­ing as del­e­gates ar­rive for the con­fer­ence.

Pic­ture: TWIT­TER

CAS­TLE HAS­SLE: A ban­ner un­furled on Cas­tle Hill yes­ter­day by anti- Adani pro­test­ers.

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