Ship stays offshore as Sea Shepherd brings message to Mackay
ABOUT 70 people were at Mackay Marina on Sunday, hoping to catch a glimpse of iconic Sea Shepherd Conservation Society vessel MY Steve Irwin.
Most were environmentalists, supporting the society's campaign to protect the Great Barrier Reef and stance against Adani's proposed Carmichael coal mine.
Mackay region residents and their families also were at the marina, but they were disappointed when the vessel was nowhere to be seen.
The 53 metre ship moored 2.5 nautical miles off shore and out of sight and members of the ship's crew came ashore on a smaller boat.
Sea Shepherd media manager Adam Burling said this was because Mackay lacked a suitable dock for the ship.
"It's a very large ship and draws a lot of water, so bringing it closer to shore couldn't happen,” Mr Burling said.
"We want, people coming out to see the Steve Irwin, we unfortunately weren't able to do that in Mackay.”
The ship docked in the Whitsundays August 6, then at Airlie Beach the next day.
Sea Shepard is part of the Stop Adani Alliance, which represents almost 40 organisations who rallied behind putting an end to the Adani Carmichael coal mine.
The Steve Irwin was travelling up the Australian coast from Melbourne to Abbot Point.
The crew spoke on the shore of the marina in a bid to rally environmentalists against the Indian mining company and to save the reef by opposing Adani's development.
"Adani has a terrible environmental track record... here in Australia they've promised 10,000 plus jobs, but when questioned under oath it was more like 1,300 jobs,” Jeff Hansen, who is the managing director of Sea Shepherd Australia said.
"That is putting at risk over 64,000 jobs our Great Barrier Reef supports.”