Protesters suffer heatstroke after locking on to machinery
Three protesters suffered heatstroke and fatigue symptoms after locking themselves to machinery at a Central Queensland quarry.
Alexander Braham Bloom, 32, Leon Walker Pateman, 23, and Pia Pascual Truslove, 33, each used a sleeping dragon attachment device to halt operations at Bravus Mining and Resources’ (Adani) quarry, located about 160km north of Clermont.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Paul Cramp said security found the trio locked separately to a front end loader at the site about 7.30am on December 17.
Police arrived at 9am and told them to release but they refused to do so in efforts to protest their views against Bravus.
Sgt Cramp said police needed to cut off the devices with care, which required certain equipment that didn’t arrive at the site until midday.
Temperatures reached about 40C and the removal process took a further two hours, Clermont Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday.
Bloom, Pateman and Truslove all received medical treatment for heatstroke and fatigue before they were taken to the Clermont Police Station and later charged.
Bloom, Pateman and Truslove each pleaded guilty on January 13 at Clermont Magistrates Court to obstructing a police officer, trespass and using dangerous attachment device to halt the operation of plant or equipment.
Solicitor Sue Higginson said all three of her clients felt compelled to take action to try and stop work on the Bravus project out of concern for the environment.
Specifically mentioning Truslove, Ms Higginson said her action didn’t make a big difference in the scheme of things but “it’s one that is shaping the narrative in climate change”.
Magistrate Ron Muirhead took into account that neither of the defendants had any criminal history and all pleaded guilty at the earliest possible time.
“You all appear to be of good character but your behaviour on the day was unlawful,” he said.
“You can engage in protests, provided it’s lawful.”
Bloom, Pateman and Truslove were each fined $1000 with no convictions recorded.