Exclusion zone for Newcastle harbour

CLIMATE WARRIORS: Adrianne Kassman, of Papua New Guinea, George Nacewa, of Fiji, and Milar Loeak, of the Marshall Islands, will be joining the protest. Picture: Dean OslandA 100-METRE security zone will be enforced around ships in Newcastle harbour during a planned blockade of the port on Friday.
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The 30 Pacific Climate Warriors who plan to block the world’s largest coal port have been warned they face fines of up to $5000 for breaching the restricted zone.

The warriors have travelled from 12 countries to participate in the protest against plans to increase coal and gas exports.

“It’s important for us as people from the Marshall Islands to take action because our islands mean everything to us,’’ Marshall Islands representative and daughter of the country’s president, Milan Loeak, said. “Who else will stand up and fight for our people and our islands and culture? When will we be assured that we can continue to live without continuously fearing for the future and that of our children, grandchildren and our islands?”

The warriors visited Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek project site on Monday. They will lead the protest in traditional indigenous canoes, five of which have been brought to Australia for the event.

They are expected to be followed by a flotilla of kayaks and canoes.

The Port of Newcastle has advised that the restricted zone will extend 100metres in all directions from the ship at and below the water level. A port spokeswoman said vessel scheduling for the port would continue, based on safety parameters approved by the Port of NSW harbourmaster.

‘‘Port of Newcastle is liaising with NSW Police, which will maintain waterside exclusion zones around vessels for safety,’’ she said. ‘‘Port of Newcastle respects the right of lawful peaceful protest, but requests that community members comply with directions from the police to ensure the safety of everyone on the water and within the port, ’’ the spokeswoman added.

Picture: Ryan Osland

A 100-metre security zone will be enforced around ships in Newcastle harbour during a planned blockade of the port on Friday.

The 30 Pacific Climate Warriors who plan to block the port have been warned they face fines of up to $5000 for breaching the restricted zone.

The Port of Newcastle has advised that the restricted zone will extend 100 metres in all directions from the ship at and below the water level.

The warriors have travelled from 12 countries to participate in the protest against plans to increase coal and gas exports.

“It’s important for us as people from the Marshall Islands to take action because our islands mean everything to us,’’ Marshall Islands representative and daughter of the country’s president Milañ Loeak said.

“Who else will stand up and fight for our people and our islands and culture? When will we be assured that we can continue to live without continuously fearing for the future and that of our children, grandchildren and our islands?”

The warriors visited Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek project site on Monday.