Up to 70 protesters have gathered at Tara to physically blockade the Queensland Gas Company workers moving in to build a gas pipeline. Some have climbed trees near a key access road, holding banners that say: "Don't gas Tara".
Others, including farmers, landowners and green groups, have rallied outside the company's Tara office.
Today a 70 year old great-grandmother became the first person to be arrested at the QGC protest and blockade near Tara. June Norman was arrested when she refused an order from a plainclothes policeman to move on while she was blocking a large bulldozer from entering the QGC site.
Mrs Norman was quoted in the Courier Mail
Mrs Norman said she had lived a quiet and peaceful life but knew when issues were important enough to join the fight.
“I have an obligation to my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to take a stand,” Mrs Norman said during the protest yesterday.
“I cannot have them living with the consequences of what our generations have done and are doing to this country.”
Spokesperson for the national Lock the Gate Alliance John Thomson was quoted in the Courier Mail
“Tara is the frontline of our campaign,” Mr Thomson said. “It is imperative that we protect the water, land and natural environment of our country and the health and future of the people of Australia.”
The Lock The Gate Alliance calls for more regulations in Australian coal and gas mining industries.
Footage of Mrs Norman's arrest on Youtube