Former Western Australian Senator Jo Valentine and Quaker Granny Dawn Joyce and Quaker Helen Bayes
Former Western Australian Senator Jo Valentine and Quaker Granny Dawn Joyce and Quaker Helen Bayes

Grannies fined $500 each after arrest at Shoalwater Bay

UPDATE 12.45PM: Rockhampton Magistrate Jeff Clarke has fined three granny tresspassers $500 each after they unlawfully went onto Shoalwater Bay yesterday.

In court this morning, the three mature-aged women said their cause was for peace and justice, and to protest against military operations for exercise Talisman Sabre.

One of the women Josephine Vallentine, 69, said she and her fellow activists simply carried out a non-violent protest and asked military and police personnel to join them for morning tea.

They were arrested at the Byfield gates to the Shoalwater Bay military training precinct.

No convictions were recorded for the women.

THIS MORNING: Police have arrested three women in relation to an incident at the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) Shoalwater Bay Training Area yesterday afternoon.

Around 12.30pm police were advised by ADF Military Police that a number of women had blockaded the blue gate entrance to the training area near Byfield.

As part of Peace Convergence 2015 'Quaker Grannies for Peace' set up a tea table blockading the access road to Samuel Hill military base being used for the Talisman Sabre military exercises.

Three women were arrested by Military Police and were handed over to local police when they repeatedly refused requests to leave the training area.

The three women aged 71, 69, 65 were transported to Rockhampton Police Station and charged with trespass offences under Commonwealth legislation.  They will appear in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court this morning.

In a separate incident, ADF Military Police arrested two persons who were located inside the training area near Samuel Hill.

A 41 year-old man and a 50-year-old woman were handed over to local police and transported to the Rockhampton Police Station.

They were also charged with trespass offences and will appear in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court this morning.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.


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