Anti Adani protestors join forces with Black Lives Matter campaign

The Stop Adani campaign is lining up with the Black Lives Matter movement to protest tomorrow around the nation.

Jun 05, 2020, updated Jun 05, 2020
Activists protesting against BMD's role with Adani

Activists protesting against BMD's role with Adani

It follows Adani announcing a $350 million contract to Queensland company BMD for civil construction work related to the Carmichael rail line.

BMD has so far fended off a campaign from the activists to force it into dumping Adani.

Following the announcement of the deal the activist group said BMD owners Mick and Denise Power “have solidified their three-way relationship with Gautam Adani, committing their company BMD to $350 million of work on Adani’s dirty deadly coal railway. They foolishly think their love will last. We’re going to break them up.”

They have also started pressuring earthmoving company Lantrak and previously unsuccessfully attacked insurance broker Marsh in a bid to force the company not to work with Adani.

The movement also failed in the courts to prevent the mine from going ahead.

BMD said the 600 workers needed for the contract would mostly come from Rockhampton and Townsville and the engagement of local suppliers and subcontractors would add indirect employment through the supply chain and local community.

BMD’s civil works component includes delivery of earthworks, drainage, bridges, rail camp construction and associated road upgrades.

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“The award of this contract is recognition of the capability and capacity of Australian contractors and provides a boost for the economy, our teams, supply chain and the communities in which we operate,” BMD said.

The civil construction of the rail network will be delivered in two parts. BMD will complete one section and we recently announced Martinus as our other civil rail contract partner.

The Stop Adani team said the fight for climate justice meant taking a stand for racial justice and said Adani was violating the rights of traditional owners of the mine site, the Wangan and Jagalingou people who have previously endorsed the project but  have splintered.

The Black Lives Matter protest will start at King George Square from 1pm tomorrow.

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