Black-Throated Finch Project

Back at the start of June this year, I came across an interesting project on my Facebook feed, the Black-Throated Finch Project instigated by Australian artist Charlotte Watson.

The Black-throated finch is an endangered bird now found in small populations in Queensland. One of these fragile populations is currently under threat from the proposed Adani Coal Mine in the Galilee Basin.

The Black-throated finch is representative of not only it’s own precarious position, but that of all other species currently threatened by the wider climate and biodiversity crisis. I welcome artists to share the voice of collective grief in The Black Finch Project.

Charlotte Watson, artist.

Inspired by this project, I created three pieces to express my heartache and protest the government’s decision to approve the horrendous Adani Mine. They’ll be turned into postcards to be sent to politicians who were involved in approving the mine.

The first postcard is being printed as we speak. Each of the three will have a different message and I’ll send one lot off every fortnight to the following politicians:

  • Townsville Mayor – Cr Jenny Hill
  • QLD Premier – Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk
  • QLD Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy – Hon Dr Anthony Lynham
  • QLD Minister for Environment and the Arts – Hon Leeanne Enoch
  • QLD Opposition Leader – Mrs Deborah Frecklington
  • QLD Shadow Minister for Natural Resources and Mines – Mr Dale Last
  • Prime Minister – Hon Scott Morrison MP
  • Minister for Resources – Senator Hon Matt Canavan
  • Minister for Finance – Senator Hon Mathias Corman
  • National Party Leader, Minister for Infrastructure Transport and Regional Development – Hon Matthew McCormack MP
  • Australian Treasurer and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party – Hon Josh Frydenberg MP
  • Minister for Environment – Hon Sussan Ley MP
  • Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction – Hon Angus Taylor MP

Have I missed anyone out? Please send me suggestions for politicians and anyone else you think might be appropriate.

Watch the video below to see some of the artworks that went on display in Melbourne before they were sent to their respective politician.

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