Protesters allege ‘virus breeding ground’ at mine sites
IN FULL hazmat suits environmentalists have staged a theatrical protest at an Adani mine site.
Two protesters at the Carmichael Mine site wore biohazard suits and face masks alleging the mining company was creating a "virus breeding ground".
The pair were photographed holding a sign which said "Adani mine site = virus breading ground".
An Adani Australia spokesman said it was a disappointing act of "point scoring or posturing" during the health crisis.
It is unknown at this stage which group the protesters are associated with.
Concerns have been raised over the potential spread of coronavirus in mining sites and accommodation.
Earlier this week the CFMEU delivered a list of demands to protect mine workers in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, including access to prompt testing, appropriate transport to home and the hospital if a worker becomes ill, and appropriate quarantine facilities at mining camps.
The region's mining sites were tested by the crisis when a 60-year-old worker at Moranbah's Daunia Mine tested positive for COVID-19.
Everyone from the mine who recently came in contact with a coronavirus-infected supplier returned negative test results.
The Adani Australia spokesman said the site was continuing to follow all relevant advice from Queensland Health and the Federal Government on coronavirus in order to keep its people, contractors and the community safe and protected.
"Our operations are continuing in line with the current recommendations and with the best interests of regional Queenslanders in mind," he wrote in a statement.
"We will continue to make changes to our procedures and operations in line with the latest advice."