WRAD thanks West­pac

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

WHIT­SUN­DAY Res­i­dents Against Dump­ing (WRAD) have found a friend in their Can­non­vale West­pac branch.

West­pac was pre­sented with a cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion from the group fol­low­ing its an­nounce­ment it would only sup­port high qual­ity coal min­ing projects.

WRAD spokesper­son Mag­gie Mck­e­own said West­pac’s an­nounce­ment showed they had lis­tened.

“Aus­tralians put a lot of pres­sure on West­pac to refuse fund­ing to Adani, and now we are thank­ing them for lis­ten­ing to our con­cerns and show­ing that they value the fu­ture of Aus­tralia’s cli­mate and econ­omy,” she said.

Daw­son MP Ge­orge Chris­tensen said WRAD should re-con­sider their praise.

“They might be pat­ting West­pac on the back, but what they should ask West­pac is whether they stopped in­vest­ing or fi­nanc­ing coal projects full stop,” he said.

“They have al­most $6 bil­lion fi­nanced to 60 fos­sil fuel deals in the last decade.”

West­pac ruled out fi­nanc­ing the Carmichael Mine project.

AP­PRE­CI­ATED: WRAD spokesper­son Mag­gie Mck­e­own with West­pac Can­non­vale man­ager Amanda Baxter.

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