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Coal Protest at Mining ConferenceA groundswell of collective action is needed to create a better future. 

We support those actions that lead to a future grounded in social, intergenerational and ecological equity, with decentralised renewable energy production and a safe and stable climate.

In Queensland, this will be achieved by the measured phase out of the coal industry and by enacting a just transition into renewable energy production.

Six Degrees is working to develop a network of coal affected communities to build opposition to the coal industry in regional areas, and is supporting the development of the broader climate movement in the state and Australia-wide.This work is undertaken in solidarity with the traditional indigenous owners of country.

Six Degrees believes in the power and strategic role of non-violent direct action in the campaign against coal use in Queensland. Direct action has played an important and legitimate role in social and environmental movements throughout history and its use is essential to bring about the transition we wish to see.

We have, and will continue to take direct action against the coal industry, as well as empowering community members to take action of their own accord.



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The Official Launch of the Lock the Gate Campaign

Felton Valley is fine without a mine

Hundreds of farmers in southeast Queensland have vowed to lock their gates to keep coal and gas explorers at bay. Representatives of eight farmers' and residents' organisations joined the Six Degrees campaign of Friends of the Earth outside the Queensland parliament on Monday to launch the Lock the Gate campaign. They are opposed to miners' plans for up to 40,000 coal seam gas (CSG) wells and massive new coal mines on the rich agricultural lands of the Darling Downs.

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Leard State Forest Blockade

Front Line Action on Coal (FLAC) is the first blockade camp of a coal mine in Australia’s history currently in its 454th day.
Information at: http://frontlineaction.wordpress.com/

The location is Leard State Forest, near Maules Creek (NSW), the biggest remnant of natural bushland on the Liverpool Plains at the foothills of Mount Kaputar.  It is expected that Whitehaven Coal will begin clearing the Leard State Forest soon.

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Coal Trains Blockade Called Off as Aurizon Threatens Supreme Court Injunction

Coal freight company Aurizon today threatened to seek a Supreme Court injunction against community environment group Friends of the Earth over their support of a blockade of the coal rail line through Brisbane.

“We would like the opportunity to defend our right to protest in the Supreme Court, but unfortunately don't have a large team of lawyers and deep pockets to take that course of action,” said FoE Brisbane spokesperson Bradley Smith

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Friends of the Earth plan to peacefully blockade Aurizon coal train

UPDATE - June 14th:

Following threats of a Supreme Court Injunction from Aurizon, Friends of the Earth have decided to call off the protest, but have vowed not to let their concerns be silenced.

See here for more details.

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Coal Trains in the suburbs of Brisbane

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In South East Queensland there has been continued and mounting concern over the potential health impacts that residents may be facing from increased coal mining and transport of coal.

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Jondaryan Protesters Plead Guilty to Trespass

"New Hope Coal Image"

Two Brisbane men from environmental group Friends of the Earth plead guilty to trespass today at the Oakey Magistrate's court, following their arrest at New Hope Coal's Jondaryan coal loading facility last month.

The Magistrate at Oakey Court said that he understood the motivation for the protest and did not record any convictions, but handed down fines totalling $750.

Brad and Sam welcome any donations to help with paying their fines, please contact them directly: bradley.smith@foe.org.au.

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Protestors call attention to New Hope Coal's Jondaryan stockpile

Jondaryan coal stockpile

This morning Friends of the Earth and Residents from Jondaryan and Oakey called for the end of the Jondaryan coal dump with two people scaling New Hope's 30 metre high pile of coal and dropping a banner. After half an hour on top of the coal dump, the two were arrested and removed from the coal dump site.  

The coal dump is 1.5km from the town of Jondaryan and coal dust is contaminating the air and water of the locals. New Hope Coal recently applied for an expansion of what was supposed to be a 'temporary' coal dump.

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Protesters Halt Dredging in Gladstone Harbour

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 Protesters halted dredging in Gladstone harbour for 2 hours today, when Friends of the Earth campaigner Derec Davies hung a banner and locked himself to a Gladstone port corporation dredge.

The protest was supported by a small group of local fishing boats and one kayaker.

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The Lock the Gate Movement spreads across the country

The Lock the Gate movement is gathering momentum as more and more communities around the country are refusing to negotiate access to coal and coal seam gas companies, regardless of what approvals governments might have given.

3,000 people yesterday marched through the streets of Murwillumbah in northern New South Wales calling for the gate to be locked on the coal and coal seam gas industries right around the country.

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Bob Irwin arrested at the Tara Blockade

Bob Irwin Libby Connors Arrested at CSG Blockade

Veteran wildlife campaigner Bob Irwin reckons his late famous son would have been proud of his arrest at a coal seam gas (CSG) protest in Queensland.

Mr Irwin has been charged with ignoring police orders to remove himself from a road blockade aimed at stopping the construction of a 16-kilomtre gas pipeline in the state's south.

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