Illawarra protesters have joined a nationwide push to stop the Commonwealth Bank from supporting the construction of the southern hemisphere’s largest coal mine inland from the Great Barrier Reef.
On Friday, groups of people from Wollongong’s Climate Action Network visited every local branch of the bank as part of rolling protest against the funding of the Indian coal giant.
It was previously thought Commonwealth Bank – like other Big Four organisations – had ruled out funding the controversial $22 billion mine.
However a document recently revealed that one of the bank’s accounts had helped Adani pay a $1.6 million deposit for its water license. This has raised questions about the bank’s continuing relationships with the mine.
After targeting branches in Shellharbour, Albion Park, Warrawong, Dapto, Thirroul and Corrimal on Friday, at large group of protesters met a the Wollongong Crown Street branch.
WCAN spokesman Tom Hunt said developing coal mines like Adani’s Carmichael project was “ethically and economically unsound”.