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Delays As Adani Protesters March Through CBD
Jun 22nd, 2019 at 6:47am
 
Delays to all Brisbane CBD buses as Adani protesters march through CBD   Smiley

June 21, 2019
Brisbane Times


About 1000 anti-Adani protesters marching against the Palaszczuk Government’s approval of the Carmichael coal mine have caused major headaches with Brisbane's buses in peak hour traffic.

The busy Victoria Bridge was all-but blocked as activists sat down earlier in the evening before progressing South Bank, were Grey and Russell streets were completely blocked amid a sit-in.


Moira Williams from the Stop Adani group said the anti-Adani movement was growing every week.

“People power will stop Adani. We are just beginning,” she said.   Smiley


The march's culmination outside the ABC building at South Bank followed delays Brisbane CBD bus routes as protesters crossed the bridge.

The march started at 5pm in Reddacliff Place on the CBD side of the river but TransLink warned there were still delays of up to 45 minutes at 8.30pm.

Spurred on by trumpets, whistles and chants, the crowd of students, parents with children and older people made their way on to the bridge on Friday evening.

“Coal don’t dig it. Leave it in the ground. It’s time to get with it,” they chanted.

"(Queensland Premier Annastacia) Palaszczuk, you’re out of time. We'll never let you mine that Adani mine.”


The crowd was moving noisily and boisterously towards the ABC studios at South Bank.

It was expected to take 20 minutes to cross the bridge, in one of the biggest marches since climate activists flooded the CBD in March.

Protesters estimated there were more than 2000 marchers while senior police put the number between 800 and 1000.

Earlier, there were warnings buses to and from the Brisbane CBD could be delayed on Friday afternoon as students protesting the Queensland government's decision to approve Adani's Carmichael coal mine march across the Victoria Bridge.

The 5pm march could interrupt some of the Brisbane City Council bus fleet, which uses Victoria Bridge to travel to and from the city's southern suburbs.


Protesters opposing to the construction of the Adani coal mine hold signs during a rally in Brisbane.

At evening peak hour, the Victoria Bridge is jammed with buses because most stop at the Cultural Centre station on the southern end of the Victoria Bridge.

Police are aware of student plans and will monitor the protest across the bridge.

On Friday afternoon, a Facebook event for the protest, showed 1200 students planning to attend, although those figures are generally unreliable.


The council issued a warning on social media warning commuters warning of possible delays if large number of students arrived.

"Brisbane City Council has been notified of a planned protest march on Friday 21 June from 5pm," the message to commuters says.

"The procession is expected to commence in Reddacliff Place [opposite the Treasury Casino at the top end of Queen Street] and finish at the ABC building in South Brisbane.

"Members of the public are encouraged to take into consideration potential road closures and impacts on travelling if they are planning to be in the vicinity at this time."

TransLink said buses were likely to be delayed on Friday evening. A spokeswoman said changes would be made to bus routes if necessary.

"From approximately 5pm on Friday 21 June, buses travelling through Brisbane CBD may be delayed due to a protest march in the CBD," TransLink said.

Translink's updates page will continue to inform commuters through the afternoon.

The protest march is organised by two groups: University Students for Climate Justice and M.A.D, the Movement Against Destruction.

Adrian Burragubba, a leader of the Wangan and Jagalingou traditional owners of the Galilee Basin who has been fighting the mine in court, is speaking at the protest.

Mr Burragubba is among a small group fighting a Federal Court case alleging proper checks weren't done to ensure community members who voted on the proposed mine were entitled to have a say.

Queensland's Environment Department on June 13 approved Adani Mining's groundwater management plan, with many conditions, which identifies how the company plans to extract a minimum of 10 million tonnes of coal per year and not impact ancient underground springs to the south of the mine site.
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Re: Delays As Adani Protesters March Through CBD
Reply #1 - Jun 23rd, 2019 at 6:53am
 
Anti-Adani rally brings traffic to a halt in Melbourne CBD    Smiley   
Daily Telegraph
June 21, 2019

Hundreds of protesters have congregated at the intersection of Swanston and Bourke Streets.

The protesters, armed with microphones, speakers and a wooden pallet used as a makeshift stage, are protesting against the Adani coal mine.

Protesters gathered at Bourke St Mall at 5.30pm, before marching to the State Library of Victoria before 7pm.

Protesters are also scrawling or spray painting slogans on the road.

About 40 police officers are monitoring the protest which has brought peak-hour trams to a halt on

“Police are aware of a planned protest this afternoon in Melbourne’s CBD,” a statement from Victoria Police read.

“Victoria Police respects people’s rights to protest, but will not tolerate violence or anti-social behaviour.”


Protesters wrote messages in chalk on Swanton Street and surrounding footpaths.

Trams were severely disrupted due to the rally, but services have since resumed.

While some delays may still occur, the protest has moved off the road allowing traffic and trams to access Swanston and Bourke streets again.

Passengers travelling up Swanston St were earlier forced to walk between Melbourne Central and Collins St.

The outages caused a significant increase in foot traffic, with a number of people walking on the road.
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Re: Delays As Adani Protesters March Through CBD
Reply #2 - Jun 23rd, 2019 at 12:05pm
 
Such virtue signalling. They should have joined the convoy to Nth Queensland if they are so opposed.

And tagging the streets? Well they must be mental giants. There go Victorian taxes at work.
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