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Locals join fight against coal

Jennifer Roberts

At this year’s Festival of Joy, Stop Adani Blue Mountains will join the national Stop Adani Big Day of Action movement to say no to new coal.

This Saturday, the local action group will create a human sign at the Blue Mountains Organic Community Gardens in Katoomba, while thousands of other individuals across the nation will do the same in various other locations.

Member of Stop Adani Blue Mountains, Jennifer Roberts, said the locals will be driving the message home to the country’s politicians to say no to the Carmichael Coal Mine, which has been approved to be built in Queensland.

“Coal pollution is the biggest driver of climate change,” she said.

“We can’t allow the Carmichael Mine to go ahead and we need people to come together to protect one of Australia’s biggest natural beauties, the Great Barrier Reef.”

The Carmichael Coal Mine, Port and Rail Project is a $16 billion open-cut and underground coal mine and 189km railway line that is set to be built by Indian mining giant, Adani Group.

According to the Queensland Government’s website, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project has been approved subject to the condition that the project is re-considered under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Ms Roberts said there was no inclusion of the impacts of climate change in the EIS.

“In an era where impacts of climate change are rapidly growing, it’s a disgrace that the government has no trigger to include the impacts of climate change in the environmental assessment process,” she said.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Great Barrier Reef will be protected.

“Stringent conditions will continue to protect the environment, landholders’ and traditional owners’ interests and our iconic Great Barrier Reef,” she said.

With that in mind, Stop Adani Blue Mountains is also currently distributing postcards at local community events for people to sign to show their support for stopping the mine.

Ms Roberts said the aim of this action is to pass the postcards on to Federal Member Susan Templeman, showing her that this is an important issue to locals and with the request that she addresses it in Parliament.