Adani claims protestors are lying
ANTI-COAL protesters have been slammed for "spreading lies" and risking public safety as they plot to disrupt a business event in Townsville co-hosted by Adani.
Frontline Action on Coal organisers circulated an email to members encouraging them to come to a Townsville Enterprise breakfast event, where Adani Mining chief executive Lucas Dow is expected to deliver an update on the Carmichael mine today.
"Adani claims to be close to securing the money it needs to finance its reduced-output mine," the email said.
"Now is a critical time to up the pressure.
"Come along to tell Adani, (Townsville Enterprise), the media and government at all levels, no."
The email said Adani was "lying" about the number of jobs its mine would create and that 75 per cent of Australians opposed its construction.
An Adani spokeswoman said the company acknowledged people had different opinions about mining but it was "not acceptable" to spread lies or risk injury through "irresponsible, illegal and unsafe protest behaviour".
"Neither is it acceptable to intimidate people who support mining or who work in the industry just because they do not share anti-mining views," she said.
Townsville Enterprise chief executive Patricia O'Callaghan said more than 130 people were expected to attend today's breakfast event.
"We are proud to partner with Adani, who have been a Townsville Enterprise member over the past two years," she said.
Ms O'Callaghan did not comment on the security measures for the breakfast but said the event would be "professionally managed".
It comes as the International Energy Agency yesterday released a report estimating the growth in demand for coal in the Asia Pacific would increase by 492 million tonnes of coal equivalent by 2040.
Resources Minister Matt Canavan said the report was a positive sign for the country's coal sector.
"Our proximity to (Asian) markets means our coal industry is well placed to meet this growing demand," he said.
Meanwhile a poll of more than 850 residents in the electorate of Herbert conducted by ReachTel on October 17 found 60.4 per cent of people either supported or strongly supported the Federal Government reviewing Adani's environmental approvals, including for water use at its Carmichael mine.
The poll, which was commissioned by the anti-coal group Lock the Gate Alliance, found 31.7 per cent of people either opposed or strongly opposed a review of the approvals.
When asked if further water research should be completed before Adani was allowed to commence work on the mine 69.6 per cent of people polled said agree or strongly agree, while 25.5 per cent said disagree or strongly disagree.
Lock the Gate Alliance member Carmel Flint said Adani had "failed" to conduct water research recommended by scientists as part of a bioregional assessment.
"The Queensland Government must not approve the management plan until this research is complete and the impacts on water are fully understood," she said.