Man expected to face charges over coal protest stunt at Sandgate

Simon McCarthy
By Simon McCarthy
Updated November 8 2021 - 4:20am, first published November 7 2021 - 10:58pm
Wilkarr Kurikutahr, who identifies himself as a Ngemba and Wangan and Jagalingou man, suspended himself from a nine-metre tripod structure over the rail lines at Sandgate around 6am Monday to obstruct the way for coal trains coming to and from the Port of Newcastle. Picture: Blockade Australia

A man is in police custody at Waratah and is expected to face a number of charges over obstructing the Hunter rail corridor after he apparently attempted to blockade a the rail line at Sandgate around 6am this morning.

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Simon McCarthy

Simon McCarthy

Digital Journalist, Newcastle Herald

Simon McCarthy is a digital journalist working at the Newcastle Herald in NSW. He writes and produces video and multimedia for the Herald and Herald Weekender magazine, and co-produces the Toohey's News podcast. McCarthy has worked as a journalist in regional NSW since 2013. He joined the newsroom of the Newcastle Herald in 2017 from the Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth where he worked from 2015 to 2016.

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