Yesterday the ASEN road trip crew travelled up to Newcastle and was taken for a tour of the Newcastle Port by our travel guide Jonothan Moylan. From Nobby’s Headland, we saw the dredging boat taking out sediment to dump it offshore widen the channel to accomodate more coal exports. We stood over the large arterial railway that takes coal trains to and from the port day in and day out, not even breaking for holidays. There coal trains are not covered and the coal dust poses a health risk to the 23,000 children who go to a school within 500m of the train line.
So we just had a bit of a rip-roaring weekend over 20-22nd March.
A whole bunch of cats from UNSW, UTS, Wollongong, Canberra, Sydney uni and Newcastle uni came together in Newcastle with hundreds of gorgeous miscellaneous flotational devices and kayaks and zoomed about preventing ships entering and leaving Newcastle Coal Port for the WHOLE DAY. There were sailing boats, paddle boats, floating glaciers and opera houses, burgers, sea shanties and doughnuts.
Funnest direct action ever.
Slightly tired and slightly sunburnt, a couple of carloads headed up to Bulahdelah on Saturday night to hang out at the mountain and support the campaign to save it from the RTAs metal road-building jaws, while another bunch gathered on Sunday in Newcastle to have a day of discussions, checking in with each other, picnicking (see below) and making delicious PLANS.
So you don’t go feeling all left out, here is a synopsis of what we chatted about. If you want the full minutes for the savouring, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send them to ya. Continue reading →