An estimated 500 people from as far south as Taree and north to Macksville converged on Town Beach on Saturday afternoon to form the biggest human sign in Port Macquarie’s history.
Another 800 people were at a similar event at Coffs Harbour. Gloucester also staged a Stop Adani event. The human sign spelt two words – Stop Adani. Adani is the billionaire Indian coal miner who wants to build the biggest coal mine in Australia’s history, a mega mine in north Queensland.
The local event was coordinated by the Mid North Coast Stop Adani Alliance hosted by Climate Change Australia Hastings (CCA-H), as part of a national day of action
Acting President of CCA-H, Harry Creamer, said the large turn-out showed the depth of opposition to the proposed project.
“Nationally, 64% of Australians oppose this mine with its federal government funding of $1 billion and on-going subsidies, on top of the royalty holiday and free unlimited water given by the Queensland government”, Mr Creamer said.
“If it goes ahead, this mine and others to follow in the same area, will destroy the Great Barrier Reef and the Artesian Basin, accelerate global warming, and cost Australian taxpayers billions of dollars”, he said.
“In the end, it will prove a commercial failure and that’s why banks here and internationally have refused to finance it”.
“We must demand of our local politicians, that if they do not make a stand against this project, they cannot expect us to vote for them at the next election”, Mr Creamer said.