RAJ REPORT

Why is the Port of Cairns caught up in the BATTLE OF GALILEE ——The Greenpeace war against THE AUSTRALIAN COAL INDUSTRY————–The coal ports at Abbot Point and Dudgeon Point are both next to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and there are strong opportunities for alliance building with scientists and industries that will be negatively impacted (fishing, tourism, etc). We will build a powerful narrative about the global importance of the Galilee Basin and use this to build a high profile public campaign to put the issue in the national and international spotlight. Proposal Budget Level 1 investment 3 x community organizers + overhead costs $270,000 Expert scientific support (hydrology, marine, climate etc) $50,000 Events, outreach and organizing costs $65,000 Reports, publications and creative materials (online & offline) $50,000 Subtotal $435,000 Level 2 investment (additional to level 1) 3 x community organizers + overhead costs $270,000 Senior campaigner + operating costs $110,000 Events, outreach and organizing costs $70,000 Additional budget for scien:fic support $40,000 Subtotal $490,000

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4.2 The Battle of Galilee Background/context: With roughly 240Mtpa of proposed new coal mines, the Galilee Basin in central Queensland is a globally significant fossil fuel development. If it proceeds as planned, the coal burnt from the Galilee Basin would use up roughly 6.7% of the total remaining allowable global carbon budget to 20501 . Indian and Chinese investors are proposing a series of vertically integrated ‘mega mines’ where they own and build the mine, rail line and port. Currently, the area is not serviced by a rail line and there is no additional port capacity in the region. Port expansions at Abbot Point and Dudgeon Point, as well as the rail line linking these ports to the Galilee Basin are critical bottlenecks for the industry. Theory of change: The Galilee Basin coal mines are already at the expensive end of the global coal production cost curve. By building a high profile public campaign to disrupt and delay, we can significantly increase investor uncertainty while undermining political support. This in turn may result in less Government subsidies for the projects, and/or stricter approval conditions, further driving up costs and increasing risks. Extensive delays may also make the projects run foul of a changing global coal investment environment. Objectives: 1. Organize the non-cooperation of landowners along the rail corridor and mine sites (Level 1); 2. Build an alliance of groups opposing coal port expansions (Level 1); 3. Launch a high profile public campaign to put the Galilee Basin under the national and international spotlight as a globally significant carbon bomb (Level 2). What this looks like: The first step is detailed research into the impacts to identify opportunities to stop, limit or delay the developments – looking at groundwater threats, endangered species habitat, financing of infrastructure and mines, economic impacts etc. Local organising of landowners can help to delay development of both the mines and rail line. The coal ports at Abbot Point and Dudgeon Point are both next to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and there are strong opportunities for alliance building with scientists and industries that will be negatively impacted (fishing, tourism, etc). We will build a powerful narrative about the global importance of the Galilee Basin and use this to build a high profile public campaign to put the issue in the national and international spotlight. Proposal Budget Level 1 investment 3 x community organizers + overhead costs $270,000 Expert scientific support (hydrology, marine, climate etc) $50,000 Events, outreach and organizing costs $65,000 Reports, publications and creative materials (online & offline) $50,000 Subtotal $435,000 Level 2 investment (additional to level 1) 3 x community organizers + overhead costs $270,000 Senior campaigner + operating costs $110,000 Events, outreach and organizing costs $70,000 Additional budget for scien:fic support $40,000 Subtotal $490,000

 

www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/transcripts/1206_greenpeace.pdf.

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