Port Waratah Coal take protestors back to court

Port Waratah Coal Services (PWCS) will see the Rising Tide activists in court next month as it pursues compensation.

The coal loader is hoping its compensation claim against the Newcastle activists can change environmental protestor behaviour in the future.

PWCS is seeking more than half a million in compensation.

In September last year, activists broke into its Kooragang and Carrington coal terminals, shutting down the site for several hours and preventing coal loading operations.

PWCS general manager Graham Davidson said the lawsuit is not about the money.

"It doesn’t matter what the Court finds on the third of March, it’s really about drawing a line and saying they have to change their behaviour,” Davidson said.

"The community needs to know that we have a duty of care and we are reacting, we have always said we respect their right to protest but do it in a safe manner."

The activists believe beating PWCS’s compensation claim will highlight the issue of climate change.

One of the protestors, Carly Phillips said “we’re all proud of taking action and standing up for our beliefs and the right to protest is something that we value."

The case continues.

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