Paddlers wanted for coal protest

The Nimbin Environment Centre is looking for people to join them in a massive protest this Sunday in Newcastle where people in canoes and rafts plan to block coal ships from coming into port.

Last year the protestors stopped all ship movements in the harbour for the day but to make the action work, more numbers are needed to join the paddle. The Nimbin Environment Centre has organised a bus to the protest.

“Now more than ever we need to be turning up the heat on the coal industry, and their friends in government,” local organiser Alan Roberts said. “The export coal industry is Australia’s single biggest and fastest growing contribution to the global climate crisis.

“Newcastle, already the world’s biggest coal port, is set to open a massive new coal terminal this year, bringing the export capacity of the Hunter Valley coal chain to an incredible 178 million tonnes of coal per annum. That’s the climate change equivalent of 30 Bayswater Power Stations. Within 10 years, the coal corporations plan on exporting more than 300 million tonnes of coal per annum – a tripling of current export capacity.

“Tripling coal exports means tripling coal mining. As Newcastle coal exports boom, more precious bushland will be razed, more waterways polluted and more communities ripped apart as the transnational coal companies carve their way westwards into the Liverpool plains.”

The bus leaves Lismore at 8am this Saturday, March 27.

The cost is $52 per person return. To book phone Alan on 6663 5224 or email alan_roberts@ozemail

.com.au. Or phone the NEC on 6689 1441 or Lisa Green on 0435 318 335.


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