ADANI PROTEST: Injured woman reportedly flown to Mackay
UPDATE: A WOMAN allegedly knocked to the ground by a man on a horse at Clermont this afternoon has been taken to hospital.
The northern NSW woman, aged in her 60s, fell to the ground and suffered an injury to her back, before being taken to the Clermont Hospital in a stable condition.
In a statement, Queensland Police confirmed a man was speaking with officers following the incident.
A man was taken into police custody just after 4pm.
"Investigations to date have revealed that as the man was attempting to exit the ring, a woman and a group of others attempted to close a gate which the horse has struck," a Queensland Police statement reads.
"The gate then struck a 62-year-old New South Wales woman and the rider then rode into bushland at the back of the showgrounds.
"The 62-year-old woman was taken to the Clermont Hospital for treatment of bruising and abrasions and her injures are believed to be non-life-threatening."
According to the Bob Brown Foundation, there are concerns the woman may have suffered spinal injuries and she has since been flown to Mackay Base Hospital.
"The woman injured today at Clermont showground today is a warm-hearted human being, subject to a senseless attack. She was here to help secure Australia's future from the Adani coal mine. She has more than 300 well wishes, still in Clermont with fingers crossed for her speedy recovery", Bob Brown said.
Earlier, Isaac Region Mayor Anne Baker condemned the rider's actions.
"This act is deplorable and I condemn it in the strongest of terms," Cr Baker said.
"We made it absolutely clear from the outset that disruptive behaviour from any party or person would not be tolerated.
"This rider has ignored the shared expectation for an environment of mutual respect.
"I expect they will face the full force of the law for their actions and the injury caused.
"Our thoughts are with the injured woman and we wish her a speedy recovery.
"This rogue act by an individual does not reflect the community of Clermont or the wider Isaac region.
"Council remains in contact with the Bob Brown Foundation as this situation continues to evolve."
INITIAL: A MAN has charged into a group on a horse where anti-Adani protesters were stationed, knocking over a woman in her 60s.
A police media spokesperson said they received a call at about 3.30pm today from the Clermont Showgrounds. The spokesperson said the woman was stable, but on the ground in shock.
The man has since made off into scrub land in the area, with police on the scene searching for him.