Climate protesters wipe MILLIONS of dollars from the economy in a matter of days with stunts


Environmental protestors stopping trains full of exports goods including coal, grain and cotton are costing the Australian economy millions each day, industry figures claim. 

Climate change protest group Blockade Australia has posted photos and videos of its efforts to disrupt coal deliveries by train into the port of Newcastle.

The group has claimed responsibility for closing train tracks in the Hunter area eight times alone this week.   

Protestors had suspended themselves above the tracks in scaffolding or from power poles, while one activist reportedly packed a car on the railway tracks at Sandgate north of the port.   

NSW Police confirmed it had arrested seven protestors this week for trespass and rail disruption offences.  

Blockade Australia activist ‘Zelda’, dressed in a gas mask and hazmat suit, climbed on top of a coal train where she started to shovel coal onto the tracks

'I'm here to return this dirty coal back to the earth where it came from,' Zelda said in a video posted on the Blockade Australia Facebook page

‘I’m here to return this dirty coal back to the earth where it came from,’ Zelda said in a video posted on the Blockade Australia Facebook page

Climate change protest group Blockade Australia has posted photos and videos of its efforts to disrupt coal deliveries by train into the port of Newcastle this week

Climate change protest group Blockade Australia has posted photos and videos of its efforts to disrupt coal deliveries by train into the port of Newcastle this week

The cancellation of about 20 freight trains carrying export goods such as coal, cotton and grain in the Hunter region was costing the economy around $1 million on each occasion, claimed Paul Scurrah, chief executive officer of rail freight operator Pacific ­National. 

‘At a time when Australia needs to recover from the economic shocks of the coronavirus pandemic and associated lockdowns, one of the most critical rail freight networks in this country – the Hunter Valley system – has been brought to a complete standstill because of dangerous protests from environmental extremists, Mr Scurrah told The Daily Telegraph.

‘These radicals not only put the safety of our train crews in great peril but their actions in the last 48 hours have led to 20 cancelled Pacific ­National rail services to the Port of Newcastle.’

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet also slammed the actions of the protestors, whose behaviour had disrupted the lives of ‘many ordinary people who are just trying to earn a living’, he said.

The cancellation of about 20 freight trains carrying export goods such as coal, cotton and grain in the Hunter region was costing the economy around $1 million on each occasion, claimed Paul Scurrah, the boss of rail freight operator Pacific ­National

The cancellation of about 20 freight trains carrying export goods such as coal, cotton and grain in the Hunter region was costing the economy around $1 million on each occasion, claimed Paul Scurrah, the boss of rail freight operator Pacific ­National

‘When protesters use disruptive tactics they put themselves at risk of harm and also put the police and emergency personnel responding to these incidents in danger as well,’ he said.

 On its Facebook page yesterday, Blockade Australia posted an image of activist ‘Zelda’ in a gas mask and hazmat suit who had climbed on top of a coal train where she started to shovel coal onto the tracks.

‘I’m here to return this dirty coal back to the earth where it came from,’ Zelda said in a video posted on the page. ‘It should never have been dug up in the first place so I’m just here to put some of it back.’

The group confirmed it was the eighth action it had taken to block trains into Newcastle this week. 

‘These actions are a response to Australia killing the world,’ it claimed. 

Some prrotestors had suspended themselves above the tracks in scaffolding or from power poles, while one activist reportedly packed a car on the railway tracks at Sandgate

Some prrotestors had suspended themselves above the tracks in scaffolding or from power poles, while one activist reportedly packed a car on the railway tracks at Sandgate

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce told Radio 2GB’s Mornings Host Ray Hadley that fines should be increased to deter the activists, who he described as ‘Gretas on steroids’.

‘What they’re stopping is the payments to your police force, your hospitals, your schools,’ Mr Joyce said.  

‘If you can just give us $2 million and we can come and start collecting your furniture, and selling it to see if we can cover some of this, their attitude might change.

‘They get involved with the zeitgeist, but they don’t understand the price price.’

One freight company owner, Jason Ferguson of Southern Shorthaul Railroad, told News the stunts were costing his business over $300,000 a week. 

‘They think they’re targeting coal but they’re shutting down the whole network -grain, cotton, passengers – it’s having a devastating effect,’ he said. 

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