Adani coal mine national day of action events in Armidale and Tenterfield

Two protests against the construction of the Adani coal mine in Queensland were held in the region on Saturday morning.

In Tenterfield a street stall was held to raise concerns about the development with residents, while Armidale’s protest saw bodies spell out a message they wanted to send to state and federal governments.

“There aren’t going to be any speeches, because we all know why we don’t want Adani,” organiser Bar Finch told the crowd in the Armidale mall.

A crowd of about 130, spelt out the individual letters – one at a time – STOP ADANI.

The protests were part of the Stop Adani group's "big day of action" which saw more than 45 protests held around the country.

Bea Bleile, one of the organisers of the event in Armidale, said polling showed that most people were against the coal mine development.

“So many people find it really difficult to believe that our governments are still supporting Adani despite the overwhelming evidence that this project is a really bad idea — environmentally, socially and economically,” she said.

Gail Galloway, one of the organisers of the Tenterfield stall, said she was blown away by the support from the public.

About 75 people put their names to letters, that will be presented to New England MP Barnaby Joyce, opposing the construction.

She said national media attention meant plenty of people were already aware of the issue.

Both protests were held near Mr Joyce’s offices, with the Armidale protest directly out the front of his ministerial office, and the Tenterfield street stall located opposite his local electorate office.


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