Scenic Rim residents turned out in Beaudesert to stand against coal mining

SCENIC Rim residents arrived in Beaudesert today to stand in support of School Strike 4 Climate Australia, a student led nationwide protest against fossils fuels.

Mt Barney organiser Caitlyn Larkin said they were demanding that Scott Buchholz, the federal member for Wright, represent the will of the people by standing up for renewable energy.

"The whole point of today is to show politicians that we do care.

"We are more than happy to leave school to let them know that we want action now, not in the future, not when they are elected or maybe down the track.

"Our demands include no new coal or gas projects and 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030." 

Tamborine Mountain resident Alison Jones said she was happy to stand and be counted.

"It's crucial for us all to take a stand for the future of the planet and for the younger generations," she said.

"As we drove here today we saw a large area of forest being cleared for development. We know that trees have a significant role to play in reducing the impact of global warming."

The group marched along a short stretch of William Street to the cenotaph and back to Mr Buchholz's office, with passing motorists honking their horns in support.

Despite the fact that Mr Buchholz was away from town performing interstate ministerial duties in Western Australia, the protesters still entered his office to leave a message and let him know that climate change was an issue of high priority for the upcoming election.

Beaudesert police were in attendance to ensure the protest ran smoothly.

Senior Sergeant Chris Stewart said the police supported lawful and peaceful protests.

"We know people are going to protest, so as long as everyone is safe and no-one gets hurt we will support them," he said.