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Protesters confront Barnaby Joyce on Coast beach

THIS was an Adani coal mine protest Sunshine Coast-style absent the angry confrontation and arrests seen elsewhere.

About 80 people of all ages danced on the beach in front of Maroochydore Surf Club as Linsey Pollak's lilting music, familiar to Woodford Folk Festival goers, drifted through the air to the back beat of waves crashing on the beach.

STOP ADANI: Protesters outside Maroochy Surf Club to give voice to visiting deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.
STOP ADANI: Protesters outside Maroochy Surf Club to give voice to visiting deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. John McCutcheon


Even the two plain clothed, though armed, Queensland Police negotiators were both relaxed and impressed.

"This is a good one," one said. "They're okay."

Their sole concern was whether a lone black and red-clad roller skater should ask the surf club for permission to perform on its downstairs retaining wall in case she was blocking access to the sheds.

STOP ADANI: Protesters outside Maroochy Surf Club to give voice to visiting deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.
STOP ADANI: Protesters outside Maroochy Surf Club to give voice to visiting deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. John McCutcheon

 

In the end she was left be.

The protesters, a collection of people brought together by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, were there to send a message to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Barnaby Joyce that the Sunshine Coast is against the proposed, though highly-controversial Adani coal mine in Queensland's Galilee Basin.

Mr Joyce was upstairs at a breakfast with Sunshine Coast LNP members ahead of a meeting with Maroochydore State MP Fiona Simpson and federal MPs Ted O'Brien (Fairfax) and Andrew Wallace (Fisher).

Later today Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives for functions in Caloundra and Pauline Hanson for a Buderim barbecue.

The Maroochydore protest came as the Queensland Conservation Council has expressed alarm at a Queensland Department of Environment report that there was coal contamination in the the Caley Valley Wetlands adjacent the Adani Coal Terminal at Abbot Point.

The report found sediment in an area of the wetland contained 10% coal pollutant but suggested no environmental harm has been caused.

The Conservation Council believes it is too early for that judgment given the toxic hydrocarbons involved.

Adani Coal Holdings which manages the Adani Abbot Point facility has recently been fined $12,000 for an unauthorised release of water from the terminal at eight times more than the additional limit that was temporarily granted to the company. 

It has challenged the fine.

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