We talk to the Whitsunday man suspended from city bridge
A WHITSUNDAY man is taking drastic measures to have his voice heard regarding climate change.
It has been confirmed the man suspended beneath Brisbane's Story Bridge is a Whitsunday man, and he has spoken directly to the Whitsunday Times to explain the last resting place of his late wife was the tipping point for his action.
Paul Jukes is asking the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Brisbane's Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner to declare a climate emergency.
Police have been negotiating with Mr Jukes, who has suspended himself in a hammock, with Extinction Rebellion flags hanging from it.
Mr Jukes said he had enough resources to stay there for a "couple of days."
Mr Jukes told the Whitsunday Times the main motivators for his protest were his daughters and their future.
Mr Jukes said he had been in communication with police, and they "seemed happy to leave me hanging here until the premier gets back to me with a reply."
"It's not a big ask, I think they've been thinking about it for some time, and they just need to get on with it," he said.
A keen hiker, Mr Jukes said as a young man, he used to explore Lamington National Park in South East Queensland with his then girlfriend, who later became his wife and the mother of his children.
When his wife passed away a few years ago, he scattered her ashes in the Binna Burra Rainforest, in Lamington National Park.
Fire ravaged the ancient rainforest last month, with the heritage-listed Binna Burra Lodge destroyed in the blaze.
"That for me was a tipping point, and it became personal, seeing the rainforest where her ashes were scattered burn," he said.
The Courier Mail reported one lane of inbound traffic was closed as police arrived and began negotiations, but has since been reopened.
A Queensland Police Services spokesperson said Mr Jukes had been suspended under the bridge since 5.30am, and they 'thought' he was coming down about 10.40am.
Ms Palaszczuk's office declined to comment on Mr Jukes action.