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Anti-Adani protesters arrested outside Abbot Point coal terminal near Bowen  ABC North Qld

Updated Tue Police say they have arrested 10 protesters who were blockading the road to the Abbot Point coal terminal near Bowen in central Queensland.

About 50 people, including members of anti-Adani group Front Line Action on Coal, held banners and voiced their concerns at plans to develop the Carmichael coal mine facility in the north of the Galilee Basin in central Queensland.

 Police said they charged 10 people with trespassing on business land, and those arrested had been taken to the Bowen watch house.

Whitsundays Police inspector Steve O’Connell said it was unfortunate arrests had to be made, but he was happy with the overall peaceful nature of the protest.

Bowen resident of 50 years, Elvyn Smith, attended the protest because she had concerns about the environmental impact of the proposed mine.

“At this time with climate change and the knowledge we have on that, that it is not a good time to be opening a large coal mine,” Ms Smith said.

“With the extreme weather events that have been happening, coal is the thing that is fuelling this.

“I am here for future generations to protect this great place that we have.”

Local councillor Mike Brunker said the protesters did not represent the views of local residents who opposed the protest.

“Finally now we see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel, and now we come and see this sort of rubbish. People are sick of it,” Cr Brunker said.

Security ramped up at water reservoir

Whitsundays Mayor Andrew Wilcox said the council was taking extra measures to protect the Bowen water supply after activists hung a banner on the town’s reservoir.

Cr Wilcox said the council was not taking any risks.

“We’re taking extra precautions now. We are just making sure we’re doing more patrols,” Cr Wilcox said.

“At the end of the day it’s already all secured, but we’re just doing that and we’re also putting some cameras around the place.

“And then if we do catch some of these people, we hope that they face the long arm of the law.


September 20, 2017 - Posted by | climate change - global warming, Queensland

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