Hundreds of protesters turned out in red in the Eurobodalla on Saturday as part of a nationwide protest against the proposed Adani coal mine in Queensland.
About 250 gathered on Congo Beach on October 7, holding a ‘#STOP ADANI’ sign aimed to halt the construction of the Carmichael coal mine.
The protest was held as part of the Stop Adani group's ‘big day of action’ and was one of more than 45 protests held around the country due to environmental concerns.
Eurobodalla climate action group, 350.org, said they were demanding action from the federal government.
“We demand there is no subsidized $1 billion loan for Adani’s railway line. The railway line for Adani would open up the Galilee Basin for their mega mine and allow more coal mines to open as well,” a spokesperson said.
“Australia has huge reserves of coal which must be left in the ground if we are to save the Great Barrier Reef.
“Eurobodalla people care for our coast and our bush. We are making the change that Australia needs with solar panels, sustainable houses and reducing our energy use.”
The protesters called upon the Queensland and federal governments to stop construction on the coal mine, which will be the largest in Australia upon completion.
“The federal government should wake up to itself and see what we are doing here (in the Eurobodalla),” a spokesperson said.
“We are a community which knows what is needed and we are determined to make it happen.”