Novocastrians arrested at Adani protest

DIRECT ACTION: NSW MP Jeremy Buckingham before his arrest on Wednesday in Queensland.
DIRECT ACTION: NSW MP Jeremy Buckingham before his arrest on Wednesday in Queensland.

FOUR Novocastrians are among 14 arrested while protesting in Northern Queensland against the Adani-owned Carmichael coal mine. 

Tim Buchanan, Jo Hanna Lynch, Curtis Norton and Amy Littlewood, along with two NSW parliamentarians, Jeremy Buckingham and Dawn Walker, were arrested on Wednesday for trespass. 

As many as 20 Novocastrians have joined the action on a stretch of rail corridor between Bowen and the Galilee Basin. The rail will be used for the transport of coal from the mine to Abbot Point. 

The Newcastle contingent arrived at the site on December 1, joining 60 to 70 others who have staged a rolling protest since September. 

The activists have undertaken walk on actions which have seen individuals lock-on to machinery used for the construction of the rail. 

Their objections centre on environmental concerns primarily relating to the potential for loss and contamination of ground water, potential damage to the Great Barrier Reef through coal shipping activities at  Abbot Point Terminal and the climate impact of burning fossil fuels.  

The blockade is being organised by Frontline Action on Coal, with local environmental groups.