Over 300 community members including reef coast locals and Traditional Custodians, have delivered messages from over 2,000 Australians, who have pledged to take peaceful civil disobedience to halt Adani’s Galilee coal projects, proposed rail corridor and Abbot Point port expansion on the Great Barrier Reef.
Aunty Carol Prior, Juru Traditional Owner of the Abbot Point area, led the community delegation delivering the pledges to Adani.
“I’m here to send a strong message to Adani today – we don’t want their coal mine or their port, that will destroy our heritage, sacred sites and the Great Barrier Reef,” said Aunty Carol Prior. “The reef is one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, it’s for all Australians and the world to see. The reef needs to be protected. The earth, the land and the sea needs to be protected.”
If built, Adani’s Carmichael project would be Australia’s largest open-pit coal mine, and the coal export facility at Abbot Point located on the Great Barrier Reef would be one of the largest coal ports in the world.
Adani’s General Legal Counsel, Bill Haseler, hesitantly received the thousands of pledges, and swiftly retreated back into Adani’s Brisbane office without welcoming the concerned Queenslanders to engage in further dialogue. This is the first time Adani has responded to opposition.
“Already, over 2,000 Australians from every corner of the country have pledged to take part in bold but peaceful acts of civil disobedience to halt these dangerous coal projects. This is yet another sign of the lengths to which the Australian community will go to in order to protect our climate and our Reef,” said Sandra Williams, who traveled to the event from the Whitsundays.
Public outcry against the proposals has reached global proportions, as has financial opposition, with 11 international banks already ruling out involvement. The case against the project has been growing fast, most recently highlighted by a Queensland Right To Information Request which revealed that the former Queensland Treasury deemed the plan ‘unbankable’.
“Today we have sent a clear message to Adani and any potential investors it may have left: we won’t back off until they do. Every last one of them,” concluded Ms. Williams.