Pole protesters charged after alleged nine-hour stand-off
TWO anti-Adani activists from southern Queensland and New South Wales travelled all the way to the isolated Carmichael mine site to allegedly suspend themselves from poles for more than nine hours yesterday.
A 28 year old man from Narangbra in the Moreton Bay region and a 24 year old woman from Bunhalong, near Orange will face court in Mackay next month.
Activist group Frontline Action on Coal took credit for the industrial blockade in a Facebook post which rallied for people to join them "on the front line".
"Two people are right now suspended from 9 metre poles (allegedly), immobilising 17 machines and stopping all tree clearing on the site of Adani's Carmichael mine," the post said.
"With work begun and 450 hectares of habitat due to be cleared, we are calling on everyone to come up to the front line as soon as possible and stand between Adani and climate disaster.
"We can stop this mine, but we need your help!"
A Queensland Police spokesperson said both were charged with one count each of damage mining equipment, trespass and disobey direction of a police officer.
Both people charged will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court in September.