Environmental activists to hold protests at cities throughout Australia Jan. 10. Transport disruptions likely near rallies.

Severity: Warning Alert

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Sydney
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Canberra
  • Adelaide
  • Newcastle
  • Geelong

This alert began 06 Jan 2020 19:21 GMT and is scheduled to expire 10 Jan 2020 15:00 GMT.

  • Event: Climate protests
  • Location: Multiple cities, Australia (map)
  • Date: Jan. 10
  • Impact: Localized ground transport disruptions, heightened security; possible clashes

Summary
The environmental activists, including University Students for Climate Justice, plan to hold a series of protests in multiple cities in Australia Jan. 10 to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Hundreds to thousands of protesters are likely to gather at rallies in large cities. Protests are slated to begin at the following venues and times:

  • Sydney: Town Hall, 1730
  • Melbourne: State Library of Victoria, 1800
  • Brisbane: King George Square, 1700
  • Adelaide: Parliament of South Australia, 1700
  • Canberra: Garema Place, 1730
  • Perth: Forrest Place, 1730
  • Newcastle: City Hall, 1730
  • Geelong: Little Mallop Street Mall, 1730

Related protests are possible in cities other than those listed above. Likely protest locations in affected cities include major public squares and thoroughfares, as well as the facilities of companies with perceived poor environmental practices; activists may seek to disrupt public transport networks. Participation will likely vary greatly by location.

An increased police presence will deploy to monitor all events and disperse any gatherings deemed to be overly disruptive. Large numbers of people, associated crowd-control measures, and the protest actions in general will likely cause significant ground transport disruptions. Increased congestion is possible on metro systems as commuters seek alternatives to disrupted road transport options. The protests will likely remain largely peaceful, but isolated clashes cannot be ruled out.

Advice
If possible, avoid all demonstrations as a routine security precaution and to minimize related disruptions. Leave the area at the first sign of a confrontation. Check trusted local sources for up-to-date information on protest locations. Confirm appointments and allow extra time to reach destinations in affected cities Jan. 10. Check traffic conditions and public transport schedules for disruptions before beginning any journeys.