Locals arrested at Adani protest

PEACEFUL PROTEST: Lynn Benn, of Mulbring, being led off by police after her arrest at Abbot Point coal port.
PEACEFUL PROTEST: Lynn Benn, of Mulbring, being led off by police after her arrest at Abbot Point coal port.

TWO Hunter Valley women were among 10 arrested while blockading Adani’s Abbott Point coal port, Queensland, on Monday. 

Lynn Benn and Paula Morrow have been charged with trespass after they took part in a direct action which allegedly saw them block access to the coal port, north of Bowen, for two hours by sitting on the road. 

About 20 police officers attended the blockade, where they issued 20 move on notices. 

Ms Benn, a Mulbring-based grandmother, said she travelled to Queensland to help put a stop to the proposed Adani coal mine. 

“I have three grandchildren and I am very concerned about their future,” she said. 

Ms Benn is among about 200 people who have set up camp close to the coal port where they plan to remain throughout the week.

The protesters are committed to “peaceful, non-violent direct action to stop Adani,” Frontline Action on Coal said in a statement. 

The campaign is being led by indigenous elders of the Juru people. Among their ranks are local business owners, former coal workers and locals. 

“People are willing to stay here for as long as it takes for Adani to walk away,” a spokesperson the action group said. 

Ms Benn is due to appear in Bowen Local Court on October 24.