Reef Defenders formed in early 2015, when plans were afoot to begin construction of dredge spoils ponds in the Caley Valley wetlands on shore of Abbot Point. Coming together from across the Whitsundays and surrounds, they have worked to recruit and build capacity for non-violent direct actions and community resistance to the Adani project.
Since then Reef Defenders have hosted events, including Listen Up in June 2015, in which they gathered pledges of direct action and walked onto Abbot Point led by Aunty Carol Prior and Uncle Ken Peters-Dodd. Following this they went with 300-strong supporters to Adani's Headquarters in Brisbane.
Reef Defenders were part of the Raise the Heat on CommBank campaign, taking action locally and putting pressure on CommBank (the first time) to back away from Adani.
They have held stalls, workshops, training and an outdoor beach side cinema at Airlie Beach screening #ReefReels for locals and tourists to raise awareness about the health of the reef and the risks associated with Adani's proposed mega mine.
Most recently, Reef Defenders co-hosted the Week of Actions to #StopAdani just south of Bowen, with Reef Defenders organising the Whale Walk lantern parade along Queens Beach.