by James Graham
ANTI-Adani protest organisers have vowed to escalate their 'civil disobedience' from this week until the $16.5 billion Carmichael coal project is stopped.
Two more members of Frontline Action on Coal were arrested on Wednesday and charged with "interference with operations of rail infrastructure” after locking themselves to the line that services Abbot Point in Bowen, 36km south-west of the town at the Gee Dee Rd crossing.
Emma Briggs from Brisbane and Juliet Nelson from Gympie were locked on for four hours, and it took police more than an hour to grind them off.
Ten other protesters were arrested on Tuesday for trespass after blocking the private road to Adani's coal port.
Activist Paul Jukes, a Whitsunday tourism operator, said this was just the start of intensifying efforts to derail the Indian behemoth from its plans to mine the Galilee Basin.
"I can tell you that this week of action here is just the start of an ongoing campaign by both locals and a call-out to the whole nation,” said the founding member of the now defunct activist group Whitsunday Residents Against Dumping.
"Thousands of people around Australia are willing to come here and put their bodies on the line. We won't stop until the project stops.”
Mr Jukes also refuted claims by Adani that the proposed mine would create 10,000 new jobs for Queenslanders.
He said that figure was more like 1400, while the project put 69,000 jobs in the Whitsunday tourism industry at risk.