Traditional owners to launch more legal action against Adani

Murrawah Johnson and Adrian Burragubba. Image: Edmonton Journal

The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) traditional owners plan to conduct more legal action against Adani’s Carmichael coal mine, with claims it disregards native title rights.

The group claims that once developed, the mine will remove its interests over the land, according to the ABC.

W&J spokesman Adrian Burragubba said the group was conducting four separate legal challenges against the project.

In the latest case, it will appeal against the Supreme Court’s dismissal of a judicial review of the state government’s provision of a mining lease before the other proceedings were completed.

The appeal must be lodged by late December.

“We will continue to pursue all legal avenues, Australian and international, and put a stop to this disastrous project,” Burragubba said.

The W&J Traditional Owners Council also expressed disappointment after Adani chairman Guatam Adani failed to meet with the group during his visit to Australia. The group had sought a meeting with the chairman “to raise directly with him their concerns about the conduct of his company” but received no response.

“We are offended that Mr Adani failed to even acknowledge our concerns,” Burragubba said.

Earlier this year the Federal Court dismissed a native title claim against the mine made by Burragubba, which was welcomed by the Indian company.

“Adani looks forward to continuing to work with the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) traditional owners to help ensure the benefits of the mine, rail and port project are realised for all members of the W&J community,” Adani said at the time.

Adani plans to establish headquarters for Carmichael in Townsville after gaining final government approval for the development earlier this week.

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