Con­grat­u­la­tions to reef pro­tec­tors

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

AF­TER a huge week of events across the coun­try in­clud­ing the ma­jor cities, aware­ness of the cru­cial roles that our banks are able to play in the de­ci­sion to pro­tect or de­stroy the Great Bar­rier Reef is grow­ing rapidly.

Cur­rently Adani is try­ing to demon­strate the viability of open­ing yet an­other coal mine in Queens­land, while econ­o­mists are re­port­ing that the fos­sil fuel in­dus­try is in rapid decline.

An­other coal mine will only threaten the wa­ter for farm­ers and fam­i­lies, the land for agri­cul­ture, our air we breathe, and ul­ti­mately our health, and the Aus­tralian econ­omy.

Adani pro­pose to use 100% fly in fly out work­ers (their words not mine).

They are go­ing to em­ploy 1,464 peo­ple in the mine.

The port ex­pan­sion will only pro­vide about 160 jobs for less than four months (fig­ures from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment press re­lease).

Adani then want to carry this coal through our beau­ti­ful reef – putting the reef at risk and di­rectly threat­en­ing our jobs and our econ­omy.

No reef means 60,000+ more peo­ple look­ing for work.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the reef pro­tec­tors who have only left some pa­per, flour and wa­ter in their wake as they raise aware­ness on the Comm­banks’ cru­cial role.

What a cre­ative and en­er­getic group of peo­ple car­ing for our en­vi­ron­ment.

If the pa­per wor­ried you, I would en­cour­age you to pick up some of the plas­tic and cig­a­rette butts that lit­ter our fore­shore de­spite coun­cil ef­forts. Kirsten Grace Brandy Creek

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