Published on : Tuesday, October 24, 2017
The winner of a Queensland tourism award has rejected its prize because it was sponsored by the mining giant Adani. Also, another winner in the 2017 Whitsundays Tourism awards, held last month at Hamilton Island with Adani as a silver sponsor, threatened to quit the organization unless it cut ties with the miner.
The north Queensland tourism body, after a board meeting last week, has effectively ruled out future involvement with the proponent of Australia’s largest coalmine.
Many Whitsundays reef tour operators were outraged by Adani’s plans to dump dredged seabed in reef waters while expanding its Abbot Point coal terminal, just 100km north of Airlie Beach. In 2014, the plans were changed so that the spoil would be dumped in wetlands in the Caley Valley. Margaret Lawson, a public relations expert who acts for resource companies, said that the awards fiasco was “not a good look” for Adani, and could prompt other community organizations to spurn financial backing from the controversial company.
Another gold medal award-winning operator said that it would quit if Adani was again named as a sponsor. A third award-winning operator said that there were “a lot of other people” shocked about Adani’s role when it was read out at as a sponsor towards the end of the event.
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