Security has been stepped up around Abbot Point and Aurizon in light of more protesters arriving in the district. Semi Ravoka and wife Sala with the Australian Indigenous Security Service.
Security has been stepped up around Abbot Point and Aurizon in light of more protesters arriving in the district. Semi Ravoka and wife Sala with the Australian Indigenous Security Service.

Adani's Abbot Point increases security

SECURITY at Adani's Abbot Point coal terminal north of Bowen has been beefed up after an incursion by activists last week.

Management at the coal port has "reinforced" security at the terminal and around the perimeter of the site.

Police said a busload of protesters from the Byron Bay and Mullumbimby areas arrived on Sunday afternoon.

The Bulletin understands the protesters arrived in a 25-seat bus, filled to capacity.

They were accompanied by protesters in other vehicles.

Nic Avery, a 27-year-old student from Sydney locked to the machinery at Adani's Abbot Point Coal terminal.
Nic Avery, a 27-year-old student from Sydney locked to the machinery at Adani's Abbot Point Coal terminal.

Mackay District Police Inspector Steve O'Connell said police were "aware" the additional demonstrators had arrived.

"Police are on standby and policing arrangements are in place to deal with what they undertake," he said.

Insp O'Connell said police were also aware "reinforced" security was in place 24/7 at Abbot Point in response to an incident at the site last week when activists attached themselves to a coal-loading conveyor.

Jeffrey Cantor, a 74-year-old ex-serviceman from Cairns locked to a coal conveyor belt at Adani's Abbot Point Coal terminal.
Jeffrey Cantor, a 74-year-old ex-serviceman from Cairns locked to a coal conveyor belt at Adani's Abbot Point Coal terminal.

Yesterday private security contractors were manning road checkpoints on the road into Abbot Point and at another site on Champion Rd leading to the Aurizon maintenance facilities and railway line area at the Pring siding just to Bowen's north.

Security has been stepped up around Abbot Point and Aurizon on Chapion St n Merinda., north of Bowen in light of more protesters arriving in the district. These two guys are on the road to Abbot Point.

The Abbot Point road security checkpoint has been in place since late last year but the checkpoint at Pring was established last week after the conveyor belt incident.

Insp O'Connell said police were anticipating further incidents in the next few days.

He warned protesters that any unlawful activity would not be tolerated.

Natalie Berry perched in a tree as part of a blocakde which shut services on Aurizon’s coal railway line.
Natalie Berry perched in a tree as part of a blocakde which shut services on Aurizon’s coal railway line.

The arrival of the Byron Bay protesters loosely coincides with a letter sent by Byron Bay Council to 600 shire councils around Australia in December urging them not to do business with firms and companies that supported Adani.

The letter was signed by the council's acting general manager, Mark Arnold.

Mr Arnold yesterday said the motion calling for the Adani boycott had been put forward by Cr Michael Lyon.

He said that there had been "surprisingly" little response to the letters.

Mr Arnold said the timing of the letter coincided with Adani and construction giant Downer parting company in December.

Mr Arnold said councils may have lost some interest in the boycott after Downer quit the project.

Adani said at the time it remained committed to the project and Downer's departure represented a change in management processes.

Richmond Shire Mayor John Wharton said he was shocked to receive the letter from Byron Bay Council.
 

19/09/2017 Anti-Adani protesters block the Abbot Point coal terminal access road in Bowen. Source: FrontLine Action On Coat (FLAC)
19/09/2017 Anti-Adani protesters block the Abbot Point coal terminal access road in Bowen. Source: FrontLine Action On Coat (FLAC)

The letter in part calls for: "support for the national Stop Adani campaign's efforts to boycott businesses associated with the building of the Adani Carmichael Mine."

Cr Wharton said he found it hard to believe a council would have the audacity to tell Queensland councils how to conduct their affairs.

"We will be letting them know what they can do with their letter," Cr Wharton said.



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