ACTIVISTS have locked onto one of Newcastle’s coal loaders in the closing days of the Paris climate summit.
Police cut three protesters loose from the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group machinery shortly before 8am.
Three people locked themselves onto the equipment at Kooragang before 6.30am on Thursday in support of a moratorium of new coal mines, according to a statement from High Tide Newcastle.
Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group chief executive Aaron Johansen said the company’s prime concern was safety for its employees and protesters.
“This morning the company is worked closely with police and emergency services to bring the unauthorised entry to the NCIG coal terminal to a safe conclusion,” Mr Johansen.
“While NCIG supports the right to protest it deplores such actions which puts the lives of protestors, emergency services and others at risk.
“NCIG puts a lot of effort into ensuring the safety of all on site, and condemns these irresponsible actions.
“All operations in the vicinity of the protest were stopped while the matter was concluded. Normal operations are now being restored.”
High Tide Newcastle’s statement identified one of the protesters as Newcastle mother Vanessa Wiebford, quoting her rebuking the government for ignoring climate science and calling for a moratorium on new coal mines.
"My community lives with the immediate threats of having coal on its doorstep," Ms Wiebford said in the statement.
“The coal industry is responsible for leaving our residents choking on coal dust and diesel fumes every day while it exports global warming and health problems to the world."
"I'm here because I need to be able to look my daughter in the eyes when she is older and tell her honestly that I tried."
High Tide Newcastle characterises the protest as a call for a moratorium on new mines.