Great Barrier Reef coal terminal protests

More than 100 people have protested against a new coal project at the Abbot Point port in Queensland, east Australia because they fear it could damage the nearby Great Barrier Reef. The […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

More than 100 people have protested against a new coal project at the Abbot Point port in Queensland, east Australia because they fear it could damage the nearby Great Barrier Reef.

The campaigners including families with kids, walked through land earmarked for expanding the port and building a new Abbot Point Coal Terminal. The expansion is planned by Indian mining and energy giant Adani.

The protesters claim the project will have an impact on the Great Barrier Reef and contribute to climate change.

One of the campaigners, Sandra Williams said: “We are parents and grandparents, tourism operators and farmers, traditional owners and conservationists from all parts of Australia. The community is saying no to this project. Not here, not now, not ever.

“We’re here today standing up for the future of the Great Barrier Reef and a safe climate future for our grandchildren.”

Adani has huge mining interests in Queensland and is hoping to have the terminal ready by 2016.