WANGAN and Jagalingou traditional owners are fearful that the proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine will be a catastrophe every bit as destructive and hurtful to their land, culture, and people, as the recent blasting of sacred 46,000 year-old caves at Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara.
Tribal leader and prominent Wangan and Jagalingou spokesperson Adrian Burragubba told the Koori Mail that Wangan and Jagalingou traditional owners returned to their country near the Adani mine site on September 6, only to be immediately confronted by Adani security personnel.
“We have returned to our ceremonial camp after we were moved on by police at Adani’s behest (in August),” Mr Burragubba said.
“We have a right to be here and Adani has no right to remove us.
“Any attempt to evict us may result in assault and racial discrimination charges.”
Mr Burragubba and other W&J traditional owners said they refuse to be intimidated by Adani, even after they were forced to move off their own country by police officers on August 28.
The police acted after Adani, who holds the Moray Downs pastoral lease where the ceremonial camp is located, claimed that Mr Burragubba and others were trespassing on their own land.
Mr Burragubba said Wangan and Jagalingou traditional owners are being forced to fight Adani and the state just to be on their own country, so that they can be there to honour their ancestors and protect their land just as Wangan and Jagalingou people have done for millennia.
He said the Indian mining…
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