UPDATE 1PM: ANTI-ADANI protesters performed a bizarre skit outside the Mackay offices of the engineering firm GHD to protest the companies involvement with the Carmichael coal mine project.

Mackay Conservation Group protesters Lesley Keegan and Peter McCallum performed a two-minute play outside the firm's Wood St office just after noon today. 

Ms Keegan, dressed in high-vis orange work-wear and a GHD mask slept beside Mr McCallum, who was clutching a lump of coal while wearing a Gautam Adani mask. 

Mackay Conservation Group staged a protest outside the Wood St offices of GHD to protest the company's alleged involvement with Adani. Protester Lesley Keegan, dressed as GHD, next to Gautam Adani, played by Peter McCallum.
Mackay Conservation Group staged a protest outside the Wood St offices of GHD to protest the company's alleged involvement with Adani. Protester Lesley Keegan, dressed as GHD, next to Gautam Adani, played by Peter McCallum. Zizi Averill

The protest's organiser Emma Barrett said the street performance was calling on GHD to cut ties with Adani

With only five protesters at the event, it was a far cry from some of the more chaotic protests that have been held in recent weeks. 

Yesterday, a controversial bill outlawing lock-on devices used by environmental protesters were passed by the Queensland Government.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk fast-tracked debate about the bill in the wake of several Extinction Rebellion protests.

The new laws give police the power to search people for these devices.

Mackay Conservation Group community organiser Michael Kane said he was disappointed at the "knee-jerk" government reaction, which he said it was reminiscent of the Joh Bjelke-Petersen era. 

He denied that the devices were unsafe, or booby-trapped, saying the lock-on mechanisms were a way for protesters to gain more time to share their message.

"People have been locking on for decades - unions used them and the suffragettes used them," Mr Kane said.

"These protesters are locking themselves on and disrupting civil society because of climate change"

He said being annoyed at the protesters was like "being annoyed at your smoke alarm because your house us on fire".

Mr Kane said the disruptions to Mackay businesses, like GHD, were not turning the public away from the climate change message. 

"I understand there is an inconvenience for some people, but the inconvenience of dangerous climate change is far greater," he said. 

The Mackay GHD office declined to comment on the protest. 

Mackay Conservation Group staged a protest outside the Wood St offices of GHD to protest the company's alleged involvement with Adani. Protester Lesley Keegan, dressed as GHD, next to Gautam Adani, played by Peter McCallum.
Mackay Conservation Group staged a protest outside the Wood St offices of GHD to protest the company's alleged involvement with Adani. Protester Lesley Keegan, dressed as GHD, next to Gautam Adani, played by Peter McCallum. Zizi Averill

INITIAL 10.30AM: PYJAMA-CLAD anti-Adani protesters won't even have to get out of bed today to target another Mackay business.

Mackay Conservation Group said the theatrical demonstration would include two protesters in a bed "dressed to represent Adani and GHD" calling on the engineering company in the CBD to "get out of bed with Adani immediately".

The is the second time in two weeks the business's Wood St office has been targeted by the environmental protesters.

Mackay Conservation Group said the protests would call on the company to rule out further work on the Adani mine and associated rail and port projects.

The group said today's protest was part of a "national week of action … calling on GHD not to lend its engineering expertise to Adani's coal projects".

"GHD has worked with Adani since the Carmichael mine, rail and port project was first mooted," a Mackay Conservation Group spokeswoman said.

"They should get out of bed with Adani immediately if they don't want to face the reputational nightmare of being seen to be working against real action to prevent a global climate disaster."

The spokeswoman said the engineering company was "sleepwalking into a long-term relationship with Adani".

GHD could not be contacted for comment.

The protests are expected to begin at 12:15pm outside GHD's Mackay office at 21 Wood St, Mackay.

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