Why climate protesters blockaded Newcastle port, and what they want to happen now

Simon McCarthy
Updated November 26 2023 - 3:23pm, first published November 25 2023 - 4:49pm
Pictures by Jonathan Carroll

As many as 3000 protesters were expected to participate in the blockade of Newcastle Harbour at the weekend, with estimates of around 1500 taking to the water in kayaks and rafts on Saturday morning to begin a 30-hour stand-off.

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Simon McCarthy

Simon McCarthy

Journalist, Newcastle Herald

Simon McCarthy is a journalist working at the Newcastle Herald in NSW. He writes news and features, and produces video and multimedia, for the Herald and Herald Weekender magazine. He contributes regularly to the Newcastle Herald’s daily Topics column, and is the co-creator and producer of 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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