Members of the Coffs Coast Climate Action Group and local residents call on the CommBank to refuse funding for coal projects. 21 MAY 2015
Members of the Coffs Coast Climate Action Group and local residents call on the CommBank to refuse funding for coal projects. 21 MAY 2015 Gemima Harvey

Calling on CommBank to back away from coal

LOCALS converged on Coffs Central Commonwealth Bank, calling for the company to refuse finance for major coal projects.

The protest, on Thursday, was organised by the Coffs Coast Climate Action Group (CCCAG), with concerned members demanding that CommBank rule out financing for the Galilee Basin coal mining project and the associated Abbot Point coal port expansion on the Great Barrier Reef.

Protestors handed out pamphlets, detailing the key players in fossil fuel projects, to passing shoppers and wrote messages that were collated into a card that was delivered to CommBank staff.

"In 2014 it was revealed that CommBank was helping Indian company Adani secure finance for a new coal export terminal in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area," one of the pamphlets read.

A number of major investors around the world have already ruled out funding the ventures and the CCCAG wants CommBank to follow their lead.

"The last thing the world needs is to burn more coal and speed up dangerous climate change," a spokesperson for the group said.

The event was in co-ordination with more than 100 community actions to take place at CommBank branches across Australia and around the world from May 19-23.



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