Gold Coast on board the Stop Adani train

The proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine in North Queensland, if allowed to proceed, will rob us of precious water and trash Indigenous rights. And right now, when we need to be cutting pollution produced from our addiction to coal, it will burn more coal, cancelling out any of the good achieved from Australia’s already weak goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

There’s also that whole issue of the Federal Government pledging $1bn in taxpayer dollars to the project. That’s one BILLION. With a ‘b’.

A group of Gold Coasters are adding their voice to the national Stop Adani campaign. And Stop Adani Gold Coast member Matt Ross says the local resistance to the Indian conglomerate’s plans for Australia’s biggest ever coal mine is growing.

“It is clear to a growing number of people that Adani’s mine does not fit in with our long-term goals or values as a country, and it will directly put at risk priceless natural assets such as the Great Barrier Reef and our precious groundwater,” Matt told Blank Gold Coast.

As part of a local campaign, Stop Adani Gold Coast has teamed up with Mandala & Co. for a film screening of Guarding the Galilee on 5 July. The 30-minute documentary gives insight into the proposed mine and the resistance that is building. The screening will be followed by a performance by folk singer-songwriter Jules Hayes.

The award-winning documentary team captures the raw beauty of the Queensland outback and shows the people working on the mine’s doorstep, from Rockhampton to Cairns, who are making their voices heard in opposition to the mine. If the mine goes ahead, it will not only threaten the Great Barrier Reef but the 70,000 jobs its supports.

“This goes deeper than one documentary, or one fight against a coal mine; we want to connect people from across the Gold Coast who are passionate about the environment, sustainability and want action on climate change,” said Matt.

As well as the film screening and live music, Mandala is offering dinner deals.
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5 July: Stop Adani Gold Coast ‘Guarding the Galillee’ screening at Mandala & Co, Mermaid Beach. Things kick off at 6.00pm. Details at bit.ly/stopadaniGC.

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