Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Greenpeace trio fined over smoke stack stunt

Protesters paint 'solar' on a smoke stack at Swanbank Power Station in July.

Three Greenpeace activists who scaled a smoke stack at a power station west of Brisbane have been ordered to pay more than $23,000 in damages.

Pete Cooper, Paul Grajewski and Julien Vincent, all from Sydney, pleaded guilty in the Ipswich Magistrates Court today.

In July, the protesters scaled the 140-metre high tower at Swanbank and painted the words 'Go Solar' in giant letters.

No convictions were recorded but they were each fined $500 and ordered to pay the clean-up costs.

Mr Vincent, 27, says he would do it all again despite the hefty clean-up bill.

He says he and his colleagues will continue to speak out.

"This sort of thing is happening all around Australia, so I think so long as this issue is still remaining remaining critical and so long as there is no real response from government which reflects what we need, then I think the culture is very much one where action on greenhouse emissions is becoming the norm," he said.

Charges against nine other protesters were also heard today.

All pleaded guilty and were fined $300 each.


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