Protesters fire up for anti-uranium rally
THE first of several staged protests against Premier Campbell Newman's support for uranium mining was held along Cairns Esplanade with more than 30 people dressed in mock chemical suits yesterday.The protesters held placards and banners to raise awareness of Mr Newman's decision to lift a 30-year ban on uranium mining across Queensland in October.
Cairns and Far North Environment Co-ordinator Anna McGuire said rallies were also held in Townsville and Brisbane yesterday to coincide with the last sitting of Parliament.
"We had a bunch of people in what looked like white radiation suits with radiation symbols on the front," she said. "We had information given to people ... and this is just the start.
"We have a forum planned for February."
The protest lasted for about 30 minutes and came as a committee was set up to plan regulations in potentially using Far Northern townships to export uranium.
"Uranium mining results in toxic and radioactive waste, which poses a problem to communities and the environment for many thousands of years," Ms McGuire said.
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Starting young: Stella Nowakowski, 2, checks out the display of banners and placards at the anti-nuclear protest along the Cairns Esplanade. Picture: ANNA ROGERS