An environmental activist has stopped work at Adani’s North Queensland Export Terminal (formerly Abbot Point) near Bowen this morning by suspending himself from the stacker/reclaimer machine.

Whitsundays resident Paul Jukes stopped the machine and climbed to the top of it early this morning. This comes after a day of disruptions for Adani yesterday, when six people were arrested for blocking the company’s coal train and the train sat stationary for twelve hours.

Mr Jukes said “local Whitsunday residents and dedicated people around the country have spent almost a decade opposing Adani’s destruction. We stopped the expansion of Abbot Point and the dumping of dredge spoil from here into the Caley Valley wetlands, we stopped Adani’s originally proposed railway, and we have downsized and delayed their mine. That the Carmichael mine has still got to a point where they are shipping out coal should be a cause of shame for Adani, for the Australian and Queensland governments and for financial backers like Blackrock. They have all put the profits of billionaires ahead of the health of our planet.

“It is people power that has slowed Adani down, and that’s what we are relying on now to stop further climate destruction. That’s why we will keep resisting Adani, and all other new fossil fuel projects. I’m doing this for my children and their children. If they are going to have a safe planet to thrive on, we need to take action now.”