Police on scene as protester halts CQ rail project
POLICE are on scene at Adani’s rail construction site near Belyando after a protester attached himself to a concrete batching plant using a lock-on device.
Barney Jackson, of Magnetic Island, has painted the steel elbow lock with the words “Water Is Life” and positioned himself at the top of the machinery in a deliberate attempt to halt work on the project.
There is also a banner with the same message.
“I don’t want to be arrested, but I don’t want the mine to go ahead even more so here I am,” Mr Jackson said in a media release by Frontline Action on Coal.
“The most dangerous thing I could do with this (elbow lock) is not use it.
“The repercussions from the Carmichael mine are far more dangerous than me locking on with a steel tube.”
A Queensland Police spokesman confirmed officers had been onsite since about 5.30am.
Earlier this week the mega miner announced a name change of its Australian mining operations, which will now be known as Bravus Mining and Resources.
Chief executive officer David Boshoff said the name change had nothing to do with protesting but part of a major rebranding exercise.