Actions Updates

After 11 consecutive days and over 20 actions, Blockade Australia’s mobilisation against the biggest coal port in the world has come to a close. For 65+ hours infrastructure was blocked with 28 people arrested. Thank you to everyone who watched, shared and participated in Blockade Australia’s Newcastle mobilisation.

The past two weeks have shown that it’s possible to cause serious disruption to the Australian system, if motivated individuals unite in a coordinated way. The police came down on us through a Strike Force, excessive charges, helicopter patrols, and raids on unconnected homes and offices. With this expected state repression we continued to pull off actions around them, showing that we will not be intimidated by their flexes that guard Australia and property over all life on earth.

If you were inspired by this mobilisation, transform that into action by committing to the Sydney Dates: 27th of June – 2nd July. Through collective power and strategic direct action we can force Australia to deal with climate change. Simply ignoring it and blocking climate action will not continue under our watch.

Follow Blockade Australia and if you give a damn about your future make sure you plan, take time off, organise yourself and be in Sydney in 2022

Jacinta and Kirsten entered at dawn; with Kirsten disabling machinery and Jacinta locking on to a structure at ground level. This is the 20th action in 11 days halting operations at the Newcastle port.

“The problem is that our system is based on exponential growth, that revolves around money and power which is unjust and unequal. All life forms suffer because of the human actions of the corrupt and exploitative systems of our government and multinationals. I’ve come here to do direct actions because I feel it is one of the ways for me to stand up for what is right”

Jacinta

“I’m a law student and it is upholding the duty of care laid down in Sharma v Minister for Environment to stop coal ports fuelling the CO2 emissions that cause climate change. In July this year the Sharma case found that the Minister has a duty to take reasonable care… to avoid causing personal injury or death… arising from emissions of carbon dioxide into the Earth’s atmosphere”.

Kirsten

For the second time today, activists have shut down the World’s Biggest Coal Port in Newcastle as part of disruptions against the port that have been taking place since last Monday. Newcastle local Quinn (24), has locked on to infrastructure. Clancy (20) is dangling above piles of coal.

The pair have hung a banner that says
“Australia: climate thug”.

“Resistance is fertile and is effective when we come together. I’m calling for people to join blockade Australia next year from June 27th in Sydney the economic and political heart of this beast. The resistance to inaction on climate is growing and it needs you.”

Australia is a racket. Getting in the way of of this empire of destruction and desecration is the only appropriate action at this point in history. Action like this is our best chance at prying power away from the dominating class and create space for real solutions to the climate collapse.

Zianna and Hannah have shut down Newcastle coal port, abseiling from coal handling machinery, known as stacker-reclaimers. The port cannot resume operations until the pair are removed by police. This is the tenth consecutive day of disruption to Newcastle coal port and its supply rail network!

“The institutions and corporations of Australia are designed to work together to exploit natural and human resources. Climate collapse will be the last result of this system.”

“We are getting in the way of Australia, stopping the machine that has set our homes on fire and drained our rivers, that promises mass starvation and water wars.”

Hannah and Zia

Resist Australia where it matters. See you in June.

Isabelle and Callum, at 22 and 25, are two young people doing their best to fight for their lives. They entered Newcastle Coal Port, clambering over coal piles as big as 110 million tonnes, hit emergency stop buttons, and clambered up a large stacker reclaimer and hung off ropes.

“Australia does not support the majority of the population, there’s just a few greedy duds at the top that push the exploitation machine. I oppose Australia. I oppose this militarized economy that murders both onshore and offshore”

Izabelle

The Worimi and Awabakal people nutured this land for centuries. Australia is a leading player in the climate crisis. They are pushing life support systems to breaking point. Callum urges viewers to act:

“If you believe we are in a state of climate emergency, do whatever you can.”

Adrian has done it. He’s pressed the big red button! This means the world’s largest coal port is shut down until they find him and the button. This is the 9th consecutive day of disruption to the port and rail network.

Yesterday, a rail network owner, in an interview, said Blockade Australia is a sophisticated, well organised, well financed criminal group. What does that make Australia? We know who the real criminals are, they sit in boardrooms and the halls of parliament.

Adrian asks, “Who will own our clean energy future?” If we want a future that can be described in anyway as clean, we need to come together now and use sustained, direct action to shut down the destructive operations of this criminal group, Australia.

For the second time today, an activist is blocking all trains into the Port of Newcastle. Emily (24) is currently locked to a steel pipe concreted into the side of the railway line. This is the eighth day in a row that activists have caused disruption to the Newcastle Coal Port, a key piece of Australia’s extractive system.

This action is taking place on Awabakal and Worimi Country, where Australia has been desecrating the land, air, water, and life since this continent was invaded.

I’m doing this because I’m 24 and already grieving the loss of my planet. Australia is a violent and exploitative system predicated on infinite expansion and the extraction of wealth from the Earth. It is fundamentally incompatible with our planet’s life support systems

Emily

Emily is currently the 16th person to take direct action in the last eight days, halting operations on the rail line. Blockade Australia targets the pillars that uphold Australia’s exploitative systems. These actions disrupt the infrastructure that is leading to the collapse of life on earth

Claire is currently perched on a platform suspended from ropes attached to the rail line around the port of Newcastle on Awabakal and Worimi Country in Mulubinba, halting activity on a critical piece of Australia’s economic infrastructure.

This sustained resistance is causing major chaos in the supply chain, raising alarm for politicians and others who profit from the destruction of Country, land, water, and all life systems on earth.

The Earth-destroying practices of Australia and fuelling the climate and ecological crises and putting us, the Earth and our entire future at risk

Claire

Blockade Australia is organising crucial resistance to the trajectory of ecological collapse that Australia is fueling.

By targeting the infrastructureand systems that sustain the wealth and image of prosperity of this illegitimate occupation.Sustained and targeted directed action is the only way of forcing meaningful systematic change.

It’s up to us to hit the brakes.

64 year old Grandfather who stopped all coal supply to the world’s largest coal port for another 3 hours this afternoon, has been arrested and taken into police custody. He was removed from atop a full coal train by a cherry picker.

Andrew is the 14th person to blockade this supply chain in the last 7 days. This isn’t the first time Andrew has been through the watch house after taking direct action. Referencing his last arrest he says:

“Brutality to First Nations peoples continues today. In a recent visit to the watch house I noted each cell wall had a small first nations flag scratched into the paintwork. It was heart wrenching. They have been resisting the Australian colonial and extractive operation since 1770. I am here today to stand alongside them.”

Concerned for the welfare of his grandchildren, Andrew is taking serious action against the economic and political structures driving the climate crisis.

“This is a system of extraction and exploitation, in which everything, down to the smallest leaf, is commodified. It is designed to materially benefit the elite while the lands and waters are destroyed. It is this dead, soulless system which we must resist to restore humanity’s beautiful relationship with country”.

These were the words of Jonah (25), who in the dawn light this morning, climbed nine metres above the train line to a tripod erected over the rails, halting all coal into Newcastle Coal Port for three and a half hours. This is the seventh consecutive day that Blockade Australia has caused sustained and targeted disruption on Awabakal and Worimi Country in Mulubinba, so called Newcastle,home to the largest coal port in the world.

“Politics has failed. The machine will not budge without material resistance. That’s why we are here”

Jonah

This is what meaningful political action looks like. Confronting the structures in place that support the government and corporate collusion that facilitate extraction and ecological collapse.

Climbing high up into a tripod, Bell is taking a stand against a powerful entity in order to fight for a liveable future. Australia is a money hungry dominion state that will continue to destroy all of our surroundings until there is nothing left.

Our reefs, our forests, our native flora and fauna are all under threat. The climate is collapsing, and we are the ones who will have to live through it. It’s in our hands to take climate action, because those with vested interests simply wont. We will die waiting for that.

“Failing to participate in actively blockading the system means accepting the impending insurgence of natural disasters. We need to get in the way and we need everyone to help”

Bell

Get organised, get involved; only together can we resist Australia’s inaction on climate. Join us in Sydney next year, we will come together and we will blockade. Disrupt Australia where it all started to force the change we need.

Clancey and Tim have been arrested this evening after two hours suspended from Kooragang Bridge over the Hunter River, blocking trains entering the world’s biggest coal port. This is the fifth consecutive day that Blockade Australia has caused consistent and targeted disruption of the Newcastle Coal Port on Awabakal and Worimi Country.

“At this point in time, any type of protest that is merely focused on dissent is a death sentence. We need to be materially disruptive, as vested interest doesn’t shift just because you ask it to”

Clancy

The structures and institutions of Australia are designed to facilitate extraction and economic growth at the expense of this planet. There are no mechanisms for meaningful change within the existing system. We are facing societal and ecosystem collapse. Our only option is to stand in the way.

“Non-violent resistance is now a moral necessity”

Tim

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For the second time today the world’s biggest coal port has been shut down by one person. Zelda, 55, is currently on top of a coal train in a hazmat suit.

They’re shovelling the coal out of the train and back into the earth because Australia has been digging up stolen land for far too long. Australia is killing us. Action like this disrupts Australia where it matters. Action like this gives us a shot at a liveable future.

“Australia is killing our planet. Burning our forests. Poisoning our rivers and oceans. Murdering and dispossessing First peoples. Australia is the liberal criminal conspiracy that is running the world.”

Zelda

This is the eight action to block the rail since Monday.

“Australia’s so called democratic economy is trampling life for profit and drip-feeding communities with crumbs of hush money. It has to end.”

Those were the words of Sal, who this morning shut down the whole rail network at the World’s Biggest Coal Port in Newcastle, Mulubinba, this morning.

This is the 7th action of the week taken against the Port. This is what real political engagement looks like. Australia’s laws were written to protect institutions that only care about money. Parliament is in bed with big business and extractive industry. A climate election is a naive daydream and waiting for one is a death sentence for all life on earth.

“Australia is a system of collusion between fossil fuel companies and all levels of government. ”It’s time to take the fight to the places where we can affect Australia the most”

Actions like the one taken today by Sal, bypass the distractions of this rigged political system. Material disruption to what Australia cares about is meaningful climate action. Join us in Sydney in June 2022.

Live for the 3rd time today, another activist has halted the flow of all coal entering and exiting Newcastle coal port. Greg is suspended in a tree-sit, hanging from a rope attached to the rail line, just shortly after Sergio has been taken into custody. Stopping the worlds largest coal port is something anyone can do! Direct action works and its how we can take power back to get the climate action we all want.

This midnight action has pushed Blockade Australia’s shutdown of this massive global supply chain into it’s forth day.

Sergeio has taken action today in response to Australia’s loyal commitment to fossil fuels.


At a time when we know we are heading to more extreme climate events due to high levels of greenhouse gasses, its irresponsible, careless and downright stupid to do what Australia is doing. The world is watching and we are leaders in climate collapse.

Sergio is a determined young individual who realises that our most effective way to halt Australia in its tracks and force change, is to get in the way.

Blockade Australia continues to disrupt the economic flow of capital which supports Australia’s exploitive industries.

“We’re taking our future back” “When the government decides it’s going to destroy it’s people (through climate change)- the people will rise up”

Sergeio

Blocking centres of political importance directly impedes the system and creates space for the change we need. Next we take Sydney. Join us!

As Australia continues to find ways to keep exploiting and damaging this continent its rational that everyday people stand up and take action. Newcastle coal port is a central part of Australia’s fossil fuel driven economy, one that it refuses to acknowledge or transition away from. Activists get in the way for the 4th time this week, physically showing their opposition to climate destruction.

Earlier today Emma and John climbed on top of a 100,000T coal train to stop the Newcastle coal rail network from operating for 4 hours. They climbed onto the carriage and stayed under the highway bridge to delay their arrests. Taking climate action like this is our most effective way of securing a liveable future.

“Fossil fuels are an existential threat to life on our planet and yet we don’t seem to be taking that seriously”

John

“Were prioritising the short term profits of very few people over the lives of all the ecosystems on the planet… that doesn’t make sense”

Emma

John (72) and Emma (52) are locked on and refused to come down. They are now in custody and are expected to be released soon. Next we will converge on Australia’s most important economic and political centre. Join us in Sydney, June 27th- July 2nd to shut down the city.

Jarrah locked into a hole in the ground inside a reinforced car that has been immobilised over the railway leading into the world’s largest coal port. This is the second action of the day; back-to-back actions are effective.

Direct action is necessary. We are in a crisis created by destructive states like Australia. This crisis is not only one that impacts the climate and ecology, but all of humanities social systems. Climate inaction means climate violence.

“I’m locked inside a reinforced car with my arm in a hole in the ground”

“I’m here to oppose Australia’s continuous blocking of meaningful climate action”

Jarrah

A majority of the world’s population already suffers from exploitation and violence at the hands of nations like Australia. This crisis will make it incomprehensible. We need to blockade Australia.

“Australia was built as a militarised resource extraction project, the colonising empire has been raging a brutal war for over 250 years against first nations people and land, that war continues today and it has resulted in the collapse of all our life support systems; its driving the climate and ecological crisis”

Zoe

Today, someone did something. Zoe suspended themselves for 3 hours, 20m up an electrical pylon. They were on a rope, tied to a monopole on the rail line.

The bridge they blocked provides access to the whole Newcastle coal port.

One person, alone, immobilised the most significant economic bottleneck of the coal network in the world.

This is the second of two actions this week which have shut down operations on the world’s biggest coal port to get in the way of the extractive Australian project.

Disruptive actions like this against pinch points in the supply/demand chain can be used as a political tool.

In a rigged system, the only way to wield relevant power is to shut down the things Australia cares about; to shut down sites of political and economic importance.

Today at 6am, Wilkarr Kurikutahr, a Ngemba, Wangan and Jagalingou man, climbed a 9 metre tripod to blockade the railway line leading into and out of the world’s largest coal port in Mulubinba/Newcastle. He stopped all coal trains on the rail network for over 4 hours before being removed from the tripod and taken into police custody.

Wilkarr said, “I’m a Ngemba and Wangan & Jagalingou man standing in solidarity with Awabakal and Worimi mob by blockading the world’s largest coal port in Mulubinba.”

“I’m sick of Australia destroying country and sacred sites to get their resources. That’s why I am here doing this action today to put a stop to it myself.”

Wilkarr Kurikutahr

The climate and ecological crisis is here. Australia and its institutions are fuelling this crisis, and are blocking the urgent action needed. Traditional campaigning methods such as petitions, rallies and lobbying are not working. Organised nonviolent blockading tactics are necessary to cause disruption to Australia’s operations and create the change required. Be in Sydney from June 27th 2022 to Blockade Australia.

This action was taken on the stolen land of the Awabakal and Worimi people.