Protesters have interrupted work at Hastings Deering in Mackay.
Protesters have interrupted work at Hastings Deering in Mackay.

Three arrested, one in hospital after Paget protest

UPDATE: THREE people have been arrested and charged after they allegedly locked on to gates and equipment at a Mackay workshop today. 

Two men and a woman will face Mackay Magistrates Court next month charged with trespass.

The woman, who police cut from a gate using a saw, was taken to hospital over concerns for her blood pressure, a Queensland Police spokesman said. 

The spokesman said five more people had been issued notices to appear for allegedly disobeying police direction.

Frontline Action on Coal members blocked access to the Hastings Deering workshop in Paget to protest the company's contract with Adani.  

INITIAL: A PAGET cafe offered workers free coffee as activists blocked the entrance to a Mackay workshop.

A group protesting work at Adani mine has interrupted work at Hastings Deering.

This comes as Greyhound Australia announced it would not enter a lucrative contract with the mine.

Protesters have interrupted work at Hastings Deering in Mackay as they protest the construction of trucks for the Adani mine.
Protesters have interrupted work at Hastings Deering in Mackay as they protest the construction of trucks for the Adani mine.

The group of 40 people represent anti-coal group Frontline Action on Coal and blocked three access points to the facility.

READ MORE: PUBLIC PRESSURE: Activists still say they'll stop Adani

It is understood a person has 'locked on' to the steering wheel of a truck* being built at the workshop while others 'locked on' to gates. 

Protesters have interrupted work at Hastings Deering in Mackay as they protest the construction of trucks for the Adani mine.
Protesters have interrupted work at Hastings Deering in Mackay as they protest the construction of trucks for the Adani mine.

Lee Stapleton, 46, said he locked on because as a small-business owner he wanted to see the government investing in renewables. 

Adani Mining chief executive Lucas Dow said Central Queenslanders should not be "intimidated by a handful of anti-mining activists".   

"Together they are part of the process to create the raw materials that help make lives better both here and around the world, like electricity for homes and hospitals and metals for phones, cars and trains," he said. 

 "They do this while meeting some of the highest environmental and safety standards in the world, and delivering significant revenue for our Federal and State Governments to support our wonderful Australian way of life." 

The group includes members from Brisbane, Townsville, Magnetic Island and Central Queensland, protesters said during a livestream of the protest.

A cafe near to the workshop, Paget's Good Day Cafe offered Hastings Deering employees free coffee while the protest held up work.

Hastings Deering, Liebherr Mining and Centurian Transport are understood to be building machinery for the Adani site, protest group Galilee Blockade claims.

Police are at the scene where security has been called.

*An earlier version of this story stated activist claims they were protesting the construction of automated vehicles for Adani's Carmichael Mine. Those claims are incorrect. In fact, Adani is not using driverless or autonomous vehicles.The mine and rail line will not be automated. Furthermore, there is a team of about 40 men and women assembling the company's trucks in Mackay, including qualified high-voltage electricians, diesel fitters and auto electricians. 


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