Meadowbank Park saw a huge demonstration of green power on Sunday when dozens of locals and visitors took over the park to protest against a controversial coal mine.
Protestor and Ryde Gladesville organiser Jo Spangaro reports from the event…
“Ninety people and five dogs took part in a local event at Meadowbank Park on Sunday as part of the National Day of Action to Stop the Adani Coal Mine.
” This protest was directed at the proposed Adani coal mine and loader in Queensland which if built would be the largest coal mine in Australia and one of the largest in the world, transporting coal through the Great Barrier Reef.
“Dependant on a $900 million loan from the Federal government, this proposed mine has sparked protest from diverse groups around the country including families, farmers, workers, faith communities, Indigenous leaders, community members and environmentalists.
“This week over 40 rallies were held nationally, spelling out a clear message to including Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Port Douglas in North Queensland. The rally at Bondi Beach drew over 2,000 people and was widely reported in the international media.
“Not to be outdone, more than 90 people attended our local rally at Meadowbank Park on Sunday afternoon, spelling out the words STOP ADANI in the afternoon sunshine.
“The protesters included a beagle, german shepherd, kelpie, great dane and terrier at the dog friendly event.
“The event was organised by Ryde Gladesville Climate Action, a local non- aligned group of residents who have become a local fixture over the past ten years.”
Spokesperson for the group, Rachel Whitely agreed.
“This week thousands of people took a stand all around Australia as part of a nation-wide protest of the Adani Group’s coal mine operations in Queensland.
“The impacts are undeniable.
“Australians don’t want our money going towards something that is killing our reef and poisoning our land.
“The Ryde Gladesville Climate Action Group is proud to have taken part in such a huge event.
“Adani has promised thousands of jobs, but these are temporary construction jobs. Coal is fast going the way of whaling and toll collectors as a viable industry for Australia and we just don’t need it.”