Representatives of the Stop Adani Human Sign made on Peregian Beach recently presented a petition to member for Fairfax, Mr Ted O'Brien last week.
473 community members signed the petition on the day saying they held grave concerns that nearly $1 billion of taxpayers' money from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) may be provided to Adani to help fund the construction of a railway line to transport coal more than 300 kilometres from the Galilee Basin to the Adani-owned coal port at Abbot Point.
Vivien Griffen, a spokesperson for the group said "They do not support taxpayers' funds being used to prop up the coal mining operations of this company, and therefore are asking the House to refuse to provide these funds to the Adani company."
"One of the key reasons for this is that the Adani company seems to have a very poor record of paying taxes and complying with environmental regulations as evidenced by the recent 4 Corners program. Many of Adani's subsidiaries registered in Australia are ultimately owned by an entity registered in the infamous Cayman Islands tax haven."
Anne Kennedy, another group spokesperson talked to Ted O'Brien about the concern by many that the 69,000 jobs in reef tourism that rely on a healthy Great Barrier Reef could be affected by the 500 extra coal ships travelling through the World Heritage Area each year to the Abbot Point coal terminal. "This increases the risks from ship groundings, coal and oil spills, and further dredging causing water contamination, which would have an adverse effect on an already stressed Great Barrier Reef – one of Australia's key tourism icons."
"There are concerns from members of the public about the number of jobs that the mine would generate. Rather than 10,000 jobs, the recent 4 Corners program suggested it would be more like 1,500 jobs. An example of this is that, as the Adani company has stated, "everything will be autonomous from the mine to the port"".
Community members who want to know more about this project can read the fact sheet from the Stop Adani Alliance at www.stopadani.com