Three Frontline Action on Coal protesters have locked themselves to gates and machinery at the Adani Carmichael coal and rail site.
Three Frontline Action on Coal protesters have locked themselves to gates and machinery at the Adani Carmichael coal and rail site.

Arrest made at anti-Adani protest

UPDATE 2.30PM: A MAN has been arrested and will be charged for using a dangerous device to protest the Adani Carmichael coal mine and rail site.

A Queensland Police Service spokeswoman said a man had been arrested at 1pm after police were forced to cut him from a lock-on device at a work site in the Isaac region. 

Police will allege the man used a "sleeping dragon" device to attach himself to a grader, she said. 

Earlier this year, new penalties were introduced to punish protesters who use  "dangerous" lock-on devices.

Under the new laws, protesters who use these devices can face up to two years in prison or a maximum $6527 fine. Those found in possession could be jailed for up to a year or fined.

The QPS spokeswoman said it was likely the man would be charged with contravention of a police direction. 

This comes as a 26-year-old woman has been given a notice to appear, after she allegedly refused to remove a bicycle lock from her neck at a Clermont work site. 

The QPS spokeswoman said the woman had been cut free and issued with a notice for failing to obey a police move on order.

An Adani spokeswoman said the demonstrations had not significantly interrupted the project. 

"People are welcome to have their own opinion, provided they voice them in a safe and legal manner that doesn't put themselves, our employees or the broader community in harm's way," she said.

"Today's actions are not safe, legal or respectful of the surrounding community."

UPDATE 12AM: AN arrest has been made at a Frontline Action on Coal protest at Clermont.

Two protests were under way in the Isaac region this morning. One involved a woman locking herself onto a gate at Clermont, while two others were locked on to heavy machinery at Belyando.

A Queensland Police Media spokeswoman said one person had been arrested in Clermont about 10am today and given a notice to appear. No details on charges were available.

Eight other people had been successfully moved on by police, the spokeswoman said.

INITIAL: THREE people have locked themselves to machinery and gates in order to protest the controversial Adani Carmichael coal mine and rail site.

A Queensland Police Service spokesman said police had been advised of two protest incidents at 7am, one at Clermont and Belyando.

Frontline Action on Coal has taken responsibility for the two separate protests, 175km apart.

 

 

A FAC spokesman said Tom Cotter and Simon Ennew had locked themselves to heavy machinery at Bulliwallah Rd, Belyando, while Minna Featherstone blocked access to the worksite by locking herself to the gate at Gregory Development Rd at Clermont.

"I'm just one person sitting here blocking access to a worksite, alongside two others bravely

immobilising machines today, and I'll stop Adani from building their proposed railway for as long as I can," Ms Featherstone said.

Brisbane-based senior ecologist Tom Cotter said he was inspired to lock himself to the machinery after watching the devastating fires across Queensland.

"With the effects of climate crisis obvious all around us, and continued government inaction, ordinary people who are concerned about our future are forced to take actions like this," Mr Cotter said.

"I've gone to these lengths to disrupt the mine's development because climate change is an extraordinary emergency."

Three Frontline Action on Coal protesters have locked themselves to gates and machinery at the Adani Carmichael coal and rail site.
Three Frontline Action on Coal protesters have locked themselves to gates and machinery at the Adani Carmichael coal and rail site.

FAC said the three protesters were joined by 25 supporters across the two sites.

QPS said police were at the scene of the Clermont protest, and have been advised of the Belyando machinery lock-on.


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