Vigil backs coal protesters


Thirty people held a Quaker-initiated vigil at the steps of Newcastle Local Courthouse on May 13 in support of the "Kooragang 16". The 16 faced charges for trespassing on the construction site of a new coal-loader being built in Newcastle.

Eleven of the activists will be required to do community service. The remaining five each were fined $70-$200 in court costs.

On July 10-15, the Camp for Climate action will be held at Kooragang, and will include protest actions targeting Newcastle's coal-export industry. Visit <> for more information.