Residents unite to join Stop Adani coal mine effort

MINE PROTEST: Residents have gathered in a bid to stop the Adani coal mine.
MINE PROTEST: Residents have gathered in a bid to stop the Adani coal mine. Daily Mercury Archives

MORE than 30 residents have gathered for a meeting in Yeppoon in a bid to stop the Adani coal mine in Queensland's Galilee Basin.

Facilitated by Central Queensland, Co-ordinator Thomas Henderson said the group was passionate about stopping the development of the mine that would have a detrimental effect on the natural environment.

"Under the #StopAdani umbrella, various groups have held more than 650 events around the country since the start of this year,” he said.

"We held this meeting to keep people informed about what is going on. Central Queensland is just one of more than 160 small groups and 28 organisations that are campaigning to stop the development.

"On October 7 a Stop Adani Day will be held nationwide and we will be encouraging everyone who are against this development going through to come along and show their support.”

The Bob Brown Foundation is another one of 30 organisations to have joined the Stop Adani Alliance since its launch in March 2017, representing more than two million Australians.

Since launching the Stop Adani Alliance, more than 160 Stop Adani groups have sprung into action around the country, initiating more than 660 local actions at MPs' offices and bank branches.

Mr Brown said this week Adani signalled it would start work in October, but, he said, Australians were not shying away from the battle.

"We have already racked up two major wins, with community pressure leading Westpac and CommBank to rule out funding Adani's dirty mine,” he said.

"Now the Stop Adani movement is turning our sights on the politicians who seem to be the lone supporters of wasting $1 billion of public money on this damaging project.

"The campaign to stop Adani is this generation's Franklin Dam campaign. It's the fight of our times and the community is in it for the long haul.”

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