An anti-Adani protest was held outside the MECC. It was organised by Mackay Conservation Group as part of World Water Day.
An anti-Adani protest was held outside the MECC. It was organised by Mackay Conservation Group as part of World Water Day. Zizi Averill

Protesters out to make a splash for water day

TEN protesters, and a very enthusiastic dog named Wolf led an environmental protest against the mining conglomerate Adani yesterday.

As part of World Water Day protests, Mackay Conservation Group staged the protest outside a Resource Industry Network conference at the MECC attended by Adani CEO Lucas Dow.

Community organiser Michael Kane said the mining giant was one of the greatest threats to the region's freshwater supplies.

He said the mining company's water licences were "dodgy” as they allowed the company to extract more than 260 billion litres of ground water and 12 billion litres of river water from Central Queensland.

Protester Leonard Thompson said he was extremely concerned about how the water licence would affect the economy of the region's growers and graziers. Growing up on a cane farm, Mr Thompson said he "doesn't like to see water abused”.

He said west of the Great Dividing Range water was a precious resource.

"Every drop out there is worth 50 drops in Mackay.”

Outside the conference being attended by 240 representatives of the resource industry, Mr Kane said he and his nine fellow protesters represented many people in the Mackay region.

A Lock the Gate survey in 2018 indicated that 57 per cent of Dawson residents were concerned by Adani's water licence.

However, one person at the RIN conference said the protesters were "hypocrites”.

"They live in houses powered by coal. In a country run on coal,” he said.