Cairns, Queensland. The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) welcomes support for the Reef tourism industry announced today by the LNP but calls on leader Tim Nicholls to veto the $1 billion loan to Adani’s Carmichael mine.
Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) Fight For Our Reef Campaigner DavidCazzulino said, “The Reef tourism industry in Queensland is already under pressure in the wake of record coral bleaching and Cyclone Debbie. Climate change, mainly driven by the burning of coal and gas, is the single biggest threat to the Great Barrier Reef.
“Mining and burning coal from Adani’s Carmichael mega-mine would generate billions of tonnes of pollution, accelerate global warming and put our Reef in even more danger.
“The Reef supports 64,000 tourism industry jobs that are clean and sustainable and generates $6.4 billion every year. It’s of enormous social and economic significance to regional Queensland.
“Recent polls show that Queenslanders want opposition leader Tim Nicholls to join the Premier to veto the $1 billion taxpayer loan to Adani and oppose the Carmichael mine, which will only exacerbate damage to the Reef, tourism industry and related jobs that rely on a healthy Reef.”
AMCS is calling on all parties to:
- Veto the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) loan to Adani
- Commit to no new coal mines or coal fired power stations
- Commit to at least 50% renewable power, like solar and wind, by 2030
For further information, images and interviews please contact:
David Cazzulino, Fight For Our Reef Campaigner – 0447 238 095 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Gemma Freeman, AMCS Media and Communications – 0412 505 405 -email@example.com
In relation to the controversial prospect of a $1 billion loan of public money to Adani, 70% of Queenslanders think that Adani should fund its own project rather than expect this taxpayer subsidy.
Fight For Our Reef is an initiative of the Australian Marine Conservation Society – proudly part of the Stop Adani Alliance.