18 September 2017
Prime Minister greeted by Climate Protesters in Coffs Harbour
Members of Coffs Coast Climate Action Group today disrupted the Prime Minister’s visit to Coffs Harbour, attempting to get him to answer questions on the proposed Adani mega coal mine in Queensland.
“I’m here with my 10 year old son today, who wants to know why half of the Great Barrier Reef is dead, yet the Government is still backing a giant coal mine on its doorstep. Extreme weather is lashing large parts of the globe, fuelled by climate change, yet our PM still wants to give $1billion of public money to Indian billionaire Adani for this destructive coal mine. A massive majority of the community prefers renewable energy, and the big banks have distanced themselves from Adani, but when will Turnbull and Hartsuyker get with the times?”, said local mother, Liisa Rusanen, a member of Coffs Coast Climate Action Group.
“It’s shameful that Mr Turnbull moved his morning tea today, to hide behind the barbed wire, rather than answer questions from the community.”
The protesters chanted “Stop Adani! Save the Reef” and received a wave of acknowledgement from the Prime Minister.
The locals involved were fresh from a #StopAdani Summit in Port Macquarie on Saturday [photo below], which brought together people from across the Mid-North Coast to ramp up the campaign against the mega mine. “It was inspiring to see the broad range of people who are a part of this massive, growing movement. It’s clear that ordinary people are prepared to do whatever it takes to stop this mine and move Australia beyond coal. Turnbull and Hartsuyker should expect protests like this wherever they are,” said Ms Rusanen.
Coffs Coast Climate Action Group are planning a giant human sign as part of a national day of action to Stop Adani on 7 October, 1pm at Park Beach, Coffs Harbour. Everyone concerned about the impacts of this mega mine are encouraged to attend.
Liisa Rusanen 0403 646 787
Marnie Cotton 0422 982 436