The Galilee Blockade campaign has responded angrily to Aurizon's announcement they have submitted plans to the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) to finance a railway link from the Galilee Basin to Abbot Point. Spokesperson Ben Pennings said:
"Taxpayer money should not be used to further destroy the the Reef and the 70,000 jobs that rely on its health.
"Infrastructure investment is meant to benefit the community long-term, not harm it. This money could be invested in cheap renewable energy, eco-tourism or water security for Townsville.
"Extreme weather has become normal and will get worse. Mining the Galilee Basin for coal threatens runaway climate change and hundreds of millions of lives. Any company wanting to get their hands dirty in the Galilee will feel the passion and wrath of our 9000 activists committed to direct action tactics.
"Our activists fought previous Aurizon plans and have in depth knowledge of their operations. Aurizon are prime target for sustained direct action and we won't hesitate to target them until they decide to keep away from the Galilee Basin, for good this time.
"Australians stood up to save the Daintree, Fraser Island and the Franklin, including getting arrested. What makes Aurizon think we won't mobilise en masse to save the Reef?"