My name is Billy and I am a volunteer with the AYCC in Victoria. I first heard about the AYCC through a friend during a discussion we were having about potential volunteer opportunities. She recommended them highly, and with climate change being something I already had an interest in, I was soon signing my first petitions and then expressed an interest to volunteer.
Yesterday, after a four-month campaign by AYCC members, Lend Lease has publicly confirmed that they have withdrawn from the AP-X coal project - the biggest proposed coal port in Great Barrier Reef waters!
This is a significant step forward in our campaign to protect the Reef and the climate from a huge planned expansion in coal ports, and we couldn’t have done it without your support.
Back in October, AYCC members helped us launch an open letter and petition with 36 community groups and thousands of individual names. We made a splash at Lend Lease’s Annual General Meeting, and then followed up with actions at their head office over summer, where many of you joined us.
And now it’s time for us to celebrate Lend Lease’s announcement, and ensure we use this opportunity to push all other companies to act to protect the Great Barrier Reef and our climate.
We’ve still got a long way to go to protect our Reef and the climate from plans to massively expand our coal exports in Queensland.
As you might have seen in the news, a few weeks ago Environment Minister Greg Hunt approved 5 million tonnes of dredging in Reef waters to make way for a different development at Abbot Point. However this development will need investment from Australian companies to go ahead, and so in the coming months it will be critical to build on our momentum.
We need every decision-maker in Government and business to know that Australians will stand up for action on climate change and protection of our national icon, the Great Barrier Reef. That’s why it’s so important right now that we thank Lend Lease for their decision - and make sure that their announcement makes waves in every company boardroom across the country.
Thanks for all you do to protect our Reef and the climate.