Rising Tide Australia Closes Down World’s Largest Coal Port

Rising Tide Australia Closes Down World’s Largest Coal Port

For the fourth time, Rising Tide and the people of Newcastle Australia have taken to the water to block the channel used by the giant coal ships that carry Australian coal out of the worlds biggest coal port. The numbers have grown with every blockade and this time they finally forced the port to be shut down!

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Aaron McLean, 22, said “fuck this shit is good!”


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RESISTANCE!, AUSTRALIA

World’s biggest coal port brought to a standstill

Zane Alcorn, Newcastle

21 March 2009

More than 500 people protested coal mining and exports currently underway. Newcastle Harbour is already the world’s biggest coal port.

Several hundred paddled into the harbour on a fleet of canoes provided by protest organisers. Others brought their own canoes or surfboards, or even homemade rafts.

The protest, organised by grassroots climate activist group Rising Tide, was the fourth of its kind since the inaugural people’s occupation on world environment day in 2006.

The protest was supported by other organisations including Resistance, the Socialist Alliance, Climate Action Newcastle, Greenpeace and the Australian Greens.

Rising Tide spokesperson Carly Phillips outlined the aim of the rally: “We would like to see a moratorium on new coal-fired power stations, mines and infrastructure combined with a plan for a just transition to a renewable energy economy.

“If the Rudd government was serious about reducing Australia’s climate impact it would immediately put a stop to the expansion of the coal industry and put in place plans to phase it out and replace it with jobs in renewable energy.”

Fine weather meant the flotilla was a very pleasant way to make a radical political statement. Coal shipments were stopped for most of the day.

Activists from Newcastle were joined by people from the upper Hunter Valley, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Ballina.

Tony Gleeson was one of six members of Ballina Climate Action Network who made the trip down for the occupation.

“It’s great to be part of it — ordinary Australians not satisfied with the leadership we have, who are prepared to stand up and do something about it”, he told Green Left Weekly.

According to Greens NSW MLC Lee Rhiannon, the rally was “a great success, and it shows peaceful direct action is critical to winning state and federal governments over to responsible action”.

Kamrul Ahsan Khan, a Canberra-based activist with the Bangladesh Environment Network, said he was “happy to be part of the environment movement as a member of the community.

“It is great to see people taking action. People here I have spoken to today are concerned about [the climate impacts facing] Bangladesh”, Khan said.

Sharyn Munro, a climate activist from Singleton (one of the main coal mining towns in the Hunter Valley) said: “the coal industry’s excesses in the Upper Hunter are not only trashing the region, but the planet.”

The flotilla was a catalyst for more local people to get involved in the movement.

Maile Ingall, 19, said “its amazing, and I love how each year it’s bigger and bigger, with more of the community getting together”.

Aaron McLean, 22, said “fuck this shit is good!”

When asked what should happen to the coal industry, McLean said, “I think they should all have a crisis of conscience and rethink their actions”.

Coal emissions protest blocks Hunter harbour

ABC Online – ‎Mar 21, 2009‎

Protesters say they shut down a coal port in the Hunter region of New South Wales, stopping all ships from entering and leaving the harbour.

Rising Tide Australia Closes Down World’s Largest Coal Port

It’s Getting Hot In Here – ‎15 hours ago‎

Blockades organized by Rising Tide Australia have closed down the Port of Newcastle for the day. The Port of Newcastle, 100km north of Sydney on Australia’s

RESISTANCE!, AUSTRALIA World’s biggest coal port brought to a

Green Left Weekly – ‎Mar 22, 2009‎

More than 500 people protested coal mining and exports currently underway. Newcastle Harbour is already the world’s biggest coal port.

Activists on Homemade Rafts Block World’s Largest Coal Port

PlanetSave.com – ‎Mar 21, 2009‎

About 500 activists blocked coal shipments into Australia’s Hunter harbour yesterday by paddling kayaks and homemade rafts made from milk crates and

Australia: Climate Protestors Close Down World’s Largest Coal Port

Bay Area Indymedia – ‎Mar 21, 2009‎

by Takver – Sydney Indymedia Climate protestors have closed down the Port of Newcastle for the day, with a peaceful blockade of coal loading facilities.

Protesters close Australian coal terminal

Earthtimes (press release) – ‎Mar 21, 2009‎

Sydney – The world’s biggest coal terminal was closed Saturday by hundreds of protestors calling on Australia to stop exporting coal.

Rising Tide protest to blockade Newcastle harbour

Newcastle Herald – ‎Mar 20, 2009‎

BY TYRON BUTSON ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners will blockade Newcastle Harbour today to highlight the contribution Newcastle’s coal industry has on climate

Protesters force port closure

Sydney Morning Herald – ‎Mar 20, 2009‎

Hundreds of environmental protesters have staged a peaceful blockade of Newcastle Port, preventing ships from entering the harbour.

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