Three people have locked themselves to the gates of piping company Iplex’s Townsville office this morning, stopping work and calling on them to withdraw their tender for Adani’s controversial Carmichael coal mine.
Brisbane-based public health professional John Sheridan, as well as school teacher Alex Mateer and farmer Rick Kilpatrick from Glen Alice in NSW, stopped workers from entering the Townsville office of Australia’s biggest piping company for the second time in a week
Spokesperson for Frontline Action on Coal Donna Smit said “58 companies around Australia and the world have publicly announced they will not work with Adani on this carbon bomb of a mine. They have done this in response to the wishes of their customers and the public who have said they will not support any business that profits from the destruction of our climate.
“Our government seems to have implied that Adani and companies contracted to them can have a business model of climate breakdown; even offering billions of dollars in subsidies and a royalty holiday. But we will not allow that to happen. We ask Iplex to withdraw their tender from Adani’s mine, or concerned citizens will be forced to continue taking actions like this.”
Environmental organisation Market Forces lists 58 companies who have publicly ruled out working on Adani’s Carmichael mine, most recently engineering firm Aurecon severing their 20 year working relationship. They were joined last week by professional services giant Pricewaterhouse Coopers, who backed out of Coal21’s advertising campaign to “invoke national pride” about coal.
Ms Smit said “despite the hype from the mining industry and even politicians like Resources Minister Matt Canavan, these companies know there is no economic future in destroying our planet. The majority of Australians want action on climate change. Companies like Iplex should invest in projects that benefit us all or expect to fail.”