Coal Train blockaded in newcastle

Peaceful protest: Rising Tide climate
protester blockading a train
Media Release -- 19th November, 2007

Grassroots climate change action group Rising Tide has blockaded a coal train on its way into the world's biggest coal export port, at Kooragang Island in Newcastle Harbour. No trains are able to enter Kooragang Coal Terminal because of the blockade.

The blockade comes just two days after the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report warning that the effects of climate change will be worse than previously anticipated, and five days before the Federal Election.

Spokesperson for Rising Tide, Georgina Woods, said, "Our Governments have failed us: both major parties are terminally addicted to coal. The situation is dreadful and we have been forced to take this action because the leadership of this country is morally bankrupt."

The IPCC reports that two degree Celsius warming of the globe will put about one third of species at risk of extinction. Billions of people are predicted to be at risk of water scarcity.

"There is no longer any room for vacillation: we must act, and that is what we are doing today."

"When faced with an overwhelming problem and a Government unwilling or unable to take action to solve the problem, it is the duty of all citizens to take action on the community's behalf.

"There is no way Australia can continue passing the buck on climate change. We are the biggest per capita emitter of greenhouse gases and the biggest coal exporter in the world.

"Hundreds of community members have pledged to take direct-action to prevent the expansion of the coal industry.

"We are taking action today on behalf of our children, and for all those species that will be pushed to the extinction by climate change. It is unconscionable for the Government and the coal industry to continue profiting from accelerating greenhouse gas emissions in this way."

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For further comment: Georgina Woods 0438 223 771
Alternative contact: (02) 49261 641


Where is the protest happening?

At a rail signal in Sandgate, between the Hunter River and the Pacific Highway

How do I get there?

  • Travel north along Industrial Drive from Newcastle until you reach a t-intersection with the Pacific Highway.
  • Turn Right at the intersection as if you were going to Hexham, Maitland or Taree.
  • The train will be stopped under the bridge that the highway passes over (near "Toolies").
  • If you reach Sandgate cemetery, you have gone too far.


Rising Tide Newcastle is a grassroots group campaigning against the
causes of human-induced climate change. We live in the largest coal
port (by export volume) in the world. The coal companies want to double


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Rising Tide stopped a coal

Rising Tide stopped a coal train this morning, in the world’s biggest coal port. They blocked the whole line to the Kooragang terminal, and that backed up the rest of the coal line, blocking the whole port. Thanks to the Sandgate Rail Fly over, recently completed, the blockage didn’t affect the passenger line at all - I dunno, but I doubt that was an intended side-effect of the project. News is being a bit slow, but it’s up there. The ABC is being even more fucked than usual.