PROTEST: Heather Simpson and other activists have been trying to stop coal trains at Abbot Point Coal Terminal near Mackay this week.
PROTEST: Heather Simpson and other activists have been trying to stop coal trains at Abbot Point Coal Terminal near Mackay this week.

Activist has new outlook after fires

CLIMATE activist Heather Simpson has vowed to continue the fight despite facing court this month for chaining herself to an Adani drill rig.

The Stanthorpe mum was fined $450 with no conviction recorded when she disrupted work on the Adani Carmichael site in August.

But she was back at the coalface last week (Oct 1) supporting other activists locked to a barrel of concrete on railway tracks, trying to stop coal trains at Abbot Point Coal Terminal near Mackay.

“I absolutely will do more (climate change activism). I am not saying I will do something illegal and get arrested again but I will continue to support the campaign in all sorts of ways when I can,” she said.

Ms Simpson said she pleaded guilty in Clermont Magistrates Court and expressed remorse but told the judge she was passionate about the future of the planet.

“I did apologise for the time and cost to the workers but I made the judge aware that I was there because of the potential loss of homes, jobs and lives because of climate change,” she said.

“Everything was put into perspective when I came back to Stanthorpe and the bushfires and drought.

“These are the kinds of extreme events that will increase in severity and frequency because of climate change.

“Australia already has extreme conditions and we can’t afford to have more of these kinds of events.”

Ms Simpson said she would not give up the fight to stop the Adani which has become a symbolic mine in the stand-off between climate change campaigners and coal supporters.

The State Government and Adani have agreed to extend the deadline to November 30 to finalise a complex royalty deal.

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