A passionate group of Gold Coasters is adding its voice to a national movement calling for governments to Stop Adani.
Backed by grass-roots action across the country, the movement has achieved some epic milestones. Early in 2017, the big four banks ruled out funding under pressure from the Stop Adani movement, and more recently, everyday activists secured a commitment from Queensland Labor to veto the $1 billion NAIF loan of public funds which propelled the political party to victory in the Queensland state election.
These are national headlines but if you’ve had your nose to the ground you will have noticed a grass roots group sticking their funky heads up right here to champion the climate justice cause too. In solidarity, they’re aptly named Stop Adani Gold Coast, and with growing community resolve they intend to make headlines from the glitter strip.
Despite the unpopularity and turmoil of the project, Adani is still seeking financial support from the Australian Federal Government and our very own city of the Gold Coast may be the key to keeping the Australian political apparatus honest around the issue. That’s because according to Stop Adani, local member Steven Ciobo MP, who’s also the federal minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment has been investigating and relaxing policy measures in order to finance projects through the government agency, the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC).
In response, Stop Adani Gold Coast has launched a campaign to keep Steven Ciobo and the Liberal National Party transparent, asking for a commitment to not use public money for mining projects such as Adani’s in the Galilee Basin. And of course, you can add your voice to the campaign.
How you can get involved?
Next Thursday 24 May, there’ll be a peaceful and colourful gathering of Gold Coast folk who want to keep the Great Barrier Reef colourful by acting on climate change and opposing EFIC funding for the largest coal mine in Australia.
It’s pitched at being a vibrant weekday turnout of concerned citizens right in front of Mr Ciobo’s office on Chevron Island, with each person dressed in either a colourful shirt or a white shirt to signify the dramatic bleaching of the Great Barrier reef.
Event details – Stop Adani Gold Coast
- When: 8.30 – 9.30am, Thursday 24 May 2018
- Where: Korman Family Park, 183 Stanhill Drive, Chevron Island, Surfers Paradise, 4217
- What: a super-rally in the park opposite Steven Ciobo’s office followed by a media opportunity outside thje office. Bring both white and coloured shirts to represent the bleached dead reef and the beautiful living reef to show the Minister for Tourism, Mr Ciobo, the harm that is being done to our precious reef. RSVP to Stop Adani Gold Coast here.