Record numbers at anti-Adani rally
700 people marched from Fogarty Park, Cairns yesterday in the region's largest ever climate rally, protesting the proposed billion dollar loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility to the Adani coal mine.
Speakers at the rally included indigenous leaders Gudjugudju, a traditional owner of Cairns or Gimuy, and Nerelle Nichol, a Juru woman whose traditional land includes Abbott Point.
Rally organisers, the local action group Stop Adani Cairns, were thrilled by the huge turnout.
"The depth of anger in the community at the idea of a billion dollar tax payer funded loan going to a new coal mine is reflected in the massive turnout we have seen today" said rally speaker Zelda Grimshaw.
"The Adani carbon bomb will waste our water, wreck our climate and ruin our reef. The fact that the Senate just passed amendments to the Native Title Act to 'fix' the legislation for Adani adds even more insult to the injury" she said.
In a further move aimed at the NAIF board, today activists hung a massive banner from the roof of the NAIF headquarters in Sheridan St.
The 6 metre long banner, reading No Adani In our Future, could be seen by delegates attending the Developing Northern Australia conference at the nearby Pullman International Hotel.
Keynote speaker at the conference, Sharyn Warburton, is Chair of the NAIF board.