Protestors set up camp to disrupt Adani Carmichael coal mine project
Summary: PROTESTERS have established a guerilla camp in Bowen to train activists in ways to disrupt Adani’s activities as construction related to the company’s Carmichael coal mine ramps up.....
It is understood protesters have booked about 100 spots at Glen Erin Farmstay, just south of Bowen, and have brought in portable toilets and camp ovens.
The Bulletin understands hundreds of activists could fly in this week, including some protesters renowned for chaining themselves naked to fences and machinery.
Sources say the “FIFO” protesters may target the Abbot Point coal terminal, machinery moving through Bowen and the mine site during the “Week of Action” from September 16-23.
The protesters’ website, qld.frontlineaction.org, calls for action against Adani during the training camp.
“The time has come to take this community fight to the next level – to show Adani and its supporters that any efforts to build this project will be met with peaceful community action at the company’s existing and proposed sites,” the website reads. “Can you join locals from the area to help kick off the next stage of this historic fight?”
Dawson MP George Christensen said he had no problem with protests but urged police to take action if they learned of any plan to disrupt Adani’s business.
“I’ve got no problems with people wanting to stand with placards and campaign against things they disagree with,” he said.
“I’m very concerned by the names and the words they use, things like tactical training. That sounds more than just people holding up banners and placards, that sounds to me like they are about to engage in illegal activity.
“We know that various anti-Adani protest leaders have talked about engaging in illegal activity; I think as soon as we become aware that that’s going to happen there needs to be countermeasures to ensure they don’t do what they plan on doing.”
Mr Christensen said residents of Bowen, where there is strong support for the Adani project, would not warmly welcome protesters.
“I would send a very strong warning, and it is a serious warning, about these protesters trying to do anything high profile in Bowen,” he said.
“The anger in Bowen at the hold-up of this project, which has primarily been at the hands of the green movement, is palpable; it is red hot and if these people think actions that are illegal or violent or forceful … are not going to be met by any reactions, they’ve got another thing coming.
“If you have a look at the definition of terrorism under state and federal statutes, it includes people who make efforts to disrupt legal industry and trade, so if these people are going to do that, they are ecoterrorists and they should be treated as such.”
Several Bowen businesses yesterday said they would refuse to serve Adani protesters.
Whitsunday councillor Mike Brunker said the “grot protesters” were not welcome and the community was “pissed off” about it.
“It’s ridiculous, they certainly won’t be welcome here in Bowen,” he said.
“People are just p....d off with them. They fought the good fight, it’s over, they’ve lost, let Adani get on with the business.”