Protestors set up at Iluka mine

Iluka has a court agreed native title agreement with a group which has been determined as the legitimate native title claimants.

Our obligation is to work with this group, and other recognised advisers, on aboriginal heritage and other matters. We have conducted our operations under our Cultural Heritage Management Plans using recognised cultural heritage advisors.

The group which has made the protest and entered Iluka property illegally is not assessed as the legitimate native title claimant representatives.

Iluka is happy to receive written or properly presented observations or suggestions from any party, and is required to conduct its operations in accordance with established cultural management plans.

Anti-mining protestors have set up a permanent camp site at the entrance to the Iluka mine in Victoria.

The group is protesting against the mineral sands mine, claiming it has damaged Aboriginal heritage sites, and is preparing an application to the Victorian Government requesting a stop-work order on mining activity.

One of the protestors, Brendan Kennedy told the ABC the group is expected to grow.

"We’re out here, we’ve got more people expected to be coming here but we’ve just set up last night, so this is our first day of setting up a permanent protest site," one of the protesters, Brendan Kennedy, said.

Last week Iluka issued a statement saying it does not believe the group is legally entitled to make judgements on the Aboriginal heritage at the site.

“Iluka has a court agreed native title agreement with a group which has been determined as the legitimate native title claimants,” it said.

“Our obligation is to work with this group, and other recognised advisers, on aboriginal heritage and other matters.

“We have conducted our operations under our Cultural Heritage Management Plans using recognised cultural heritage advisors.

“The group which has made the protest and entered Iluka property illegally is not assessed as the legitimate native title claimant representatives.

“Iluka is happy to receive written or properly presented observations or suggestions from any party, and is required to conduct its operations in accordance with established cultural management plans.”

Image: Iluka Resources
 

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