Sydney Nannas Anne and Bronwyn travelled to the 11th blockade of Newcastle Port on April 24. We joined the Hunter Nannas who provided first aid, refreshments and kayaks for those who were going out onto the harbour. It was great to see them again and be part of an action together after such a long Covid-induced break. As you can see, they haven’t lost their terrific energy and spirit. We had a great day together with Vicky, an ex Pittwater Nanna who has moved to Swansea.
The peaceful blockade was organised by Extinction Rebellion to demand a government that takes the climate crisis seriously. The Port of Newcastle exports more coal than any other port in the world. The protest was an authorised one but there was still a heavy police presence. The kayakers entered the water accompanied by a smoking ceremony. Even though no coal ships were seen, the presence of the paddlers on the water stopped their movements in and out of the harbour over many hours.
Images: Courtesy of Hunter Knitting Nannas and Extinction Rebellion