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Pledging to protect country

Posted on June 22nd, by Counteractive in Campaigns, News. No Comments

Today we stood with more than 120 people from across the country, and all up and down the reef coast of Queensland, pledging to do what it takes to stand in the way of the expansion of the coal industry in the Galilee basin, and the proposed expansion of Abbott Point coal terminal.

After sharing workshops and experience on Birri land for several days we headed to the port for a peaceful action. Led by a delegation of traditional owners, we were welcomed onto Juru country and gave our pledges to defend country to Aunty Carol Prior. The delegation breached port private roads, and attempted to deliver the pledges to the facility but were turned back.

We stood with them today, and you can too. Check out our photos and sign the pledge: www.reefdefenders.net

UPDATE: And see the beautiful event for yourself in … Read More »



Raising the heat – raising the bar

Posted on May 21st, by Counteractive in Campaigns, Case study, Events, News. No Comments

What a day! Actions all over the country, including a massive action we supported and participated in at a key Melbourne Commonwealth Bank branch. More than 60 people gathered with 25 remaining all day (9 hours!) occupying and triggering a complete shut down of the bank, as well as a number of others around the country. It was part of a massive week of action that 350.org have coordinated, and this action was pulled off by Direct Action Melbourne, consisting of a large range of groups and individuals concerned about climate change, such as Quit Coal, 350.org, Frontline Action on Coal, CounterAct and others.

We were calling on Commbank to rule out funding in the controversial climate catastrophe in waiting – the proposed Abbott Point coal, port expansion, and the massive mines proposed, by Adani, for the Galilee Basin in Queensland.

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Don’t frack with them: Seaspray 1, Rinehart 0

Posted on July 5th, by Counteractive in Campaigns, Case study. No Comments

The little room was overflowing so we moved. Packed up chairs and shuffled them into the basketball auditorium.

It was a pretty good turnout for a tiny town like Seaspray, Victoria – population 300.

As we sat there – the basketball court festooned with Australian flags – I wondered how many of these kinds of meetings have happened across the country. Small country townspeople with little involvement previously in politics having to meet. Dealing with the idea of being arrested for defending their farms.

The group seemed intrigued and partly in shock as I started talking about direct action. I told them what it involved and about how quickly we would need to be ready to move if Lakes Oil moved in. It was way out of their comfort zone, but they were ready to step up.

It was January 2014. We discussed what logistics and planning would need to … Read More »



Nana’s lock down parliament

Posted on June 24th, by Counteractive in Campaigns. No Comments

We were really happy to support a great action at Parliament House in Canberra on the 21st June.  We headed from Melbourne with a contingent of folks from Quit Coal to support a large civil disobedience action in support of rights to clean air, land and water.  Over 120 people blocked access to the main doors of parliament calling for a right to veto intrusions on their land by coal and gas companies.  There are some great pictures from Lock the Gate, and a good video from Prime News here.  

Highlights were people from all walks of life sharing their stories – landowners, tourism operators, farmers – and then we had the gas girls, and knitting nana’s who were merrily rampaging around assaulting people with knitted beanies – it was hard to make a call whether Bob Katter, Larrisa … Read More »