A roundtable meeting in Clermont with key stakeholders surrounding the Bob Brown’s Stop Adani Convoy has been described as beneficial.
Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said the roundtable had an agreeable outcome of mutual respect as expectations of the peaceful assemblies were discussed.
“We shared logistics for the weekend to minimise impacts for our Clermont community,” Mayor Baker said.
“Collaborators of the Stop Adani Convoy and the Protest the Protesters rally have come to an understanding that, while they stand on opposite sides of an opinion, it is possible to convene in democratic protest that is lawful and respectful.
“As a Council, I again want to make clear that we are fundamentally opposed to the objectives of the Stop Adani Convoy, but we acknowledge the need for reducing the impact of their presence in our community.”
Council CEO Gary Stevenson PSM said there were operational items to consider as well.
“Due to recent rainfall we will continue to monitor and assess the capability of the Showground venue to accommodate the event,” Mr Stevenson said. “If necessary, we will work with organisers to constrain or manage activities to mitigate the risk of any damage to our assets or any compromise of the upcoming Show event.”
Mayor Baker said bringing together representatives from all key stakeholders – the protest groups, Clermont Hospital and police – was a great opportunity to hear their assurances of peaceful demonstration.
“I would now like to call upon everybody who will be in Clermont over the weekend, whether they are part of the Stop Adani Convoy or in protest of the convoy, to go about their demonstrations in the same manner,” she said.