Frontline Action on Coal protester Emma Kapp, 45, allegedly locked herself to the gates of engineering company FKG Group's Paget office as part of a protest against the Adani mine.
Frontline Action on Coal protester Emma Kapp, 45, allegedly locked herself to the gates of engineering company FKG Group's Paget office as part of a protest against the Adani mine. Contributed

Protester charged after two business targeted

UPDATE 6.00PM: A  WOMAN who allegedly chained herself to the gates of a Paget business has been charged by police for her role in a three-hour standoff.

This morning 25 members of  Frontline Action on Coal staged a protest, blocking access to the Paget office of the engineering company FKG Group. 

FAC said one of the protesters, Emma Kapp, 45, chained herself to the gates to protest the company's alleged negotiations with BMD Group, a major contractor for the controversial Adani Carmichael Rail Network. 

Quoting Ms Kapp, FAC said in a release issued today that: "companies whose business model is to profit from the destruction of our climate can expect resistance". 

"The work on Adani's rail line is not worth the damage it will do their (FKG's) image, and it's not worth the impact it will have on our climate and water." 

Ms Kapp said the allegation that an FKG worker had revealed the company was negotiating to work on the Adani rail network was evidence of the opposition to their involvement with the mining giant. 

"(FKG face) resistance from their own staff members who do not want their work going towards projects that cause climate breakdown, and resistance from members of the community who will not allow our plan(e)t's future to be sold off." she said. 

Ms Kapp called on the company to publicly state that they would not be involved in the Adani project, and warned if they did not FAC would "be forced to take more actions like this".

But Ms Kapp may not be able to join the protests, as she was arrested and charged by police for her involvement in the demonstration. 

A Queensland Police Service spokeswoman confirmed police had charged a woman who had "chained herself to the gate". 

The woman, who Frontline Action on Coal identified as Ms Kapp, was charged with public nuisance and disobeying a police direction. 

She will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later this month. 

In response, FKG Group this afternoon rejected FAC's claims.

 "Regarding Adani's Carmichael Project, FKG Group confirms it is not performing any services in relation to this project," a company spokesman said.

"Any queries regarding the Carmichael Project should be directed to Adani."

UPDATE: AS POLICE disperse environmental protesters from a business on Wood St, Frontline Action on Coal has said one of its demonstrators has been arrested in Paget. 

Fronline Action on Coal protesters at GHD on Wood St.
Fronline Action on Coal protesters at GHD on Wood St. Ashley Pilhofer

The Facebook page said the female protester was arrested after stopping work at the engineering company FKG for almost three hours.

"She demanded they stop negotiations to work on Adani's rail line, because nobody should be profiting from (the) climate emergency," it wrote. 

Police have not confirmed if arrests had been made. 

The protesters were playing flutes and walking in the CBD. 

GHD were contacted, but declined to comment on the matter. 

UPDATE: ENVIRONMENTALISTS are protesting at a second Mackay business, with a dozen protesters inside the GHD offices in Wood Street. 

The anti-Adani activists are livestreaming the protest.

The manager of GHD was filmed asking the protesters to leave, and has spoken to one of the leaders of the demonstration.  

Mackay police are on the way to the scene. 

UPDATE: POLICE have been called to the scene of a protest in Paget. 

A spokeswoman for the Queensland Police Service said it had been called out to reports of a disturbance of about 30 people blocking the entrance to a building on Silverton Court. 

She said no arrests had been made. 

Frontline Action on Coal is at FKG Mackay to protest the Adani mine.
Frontline Action on Coal is at FKG Mackay to protest the Adani mine. Ashley Pillhofer

INITIAL: PROTESTERS are at a Mackay business to protest the Adani coal mine in Central Queensland this morning.

Frontline Action on Coal protesters are blocking access to FKG Group, a construction company with a base in Mackay.

On a livestream shared to the group's Facebook a woman said they were "peacefully stopping people from going to work".

Yesterday anti-coal group Galilee Blockade warned of direct protest action at FKG bases from Newcastle to Cairns after an FKG worker allegedly revealed the company was negotiating to work on the Adani rail network.

More to come.



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