Indigenous group denies folding to Adani mine

A CENTRAL Queensland indigenous group has rejected a report it had reversed its opposition to the Adani Carmichael mine and insisted Federal Court legal action is ongoing.

The Australian newspaper reported on Wednesday a group of Wangan and Jagalingou had voted to support the mine - but the group denies any such decision was made.

APN Newsdesk understands a group of Wangan and Jagalingou people did meet and voted to support the mine, however, the group was not the Native Title claim group which is considered a higher assembly.

Wangan and Jagalingou representative Adrian Burragubba, who is taking Adani to court, said the meeting was not "legally constituted" and would not stop the legal action.

"Contrary to (Wednesday's) media report that grossly misrepresents us, there has been no legally-constituted meeting of the W and J Applicant that overturns our vehement opposition to this disastrous mine, which would devastate our sacred lands and waters and decimate our culture," he said.

"The facts are clear: We are currently before the Federal Court on this matter. We are contesting the decision of the Native Title Tribunal in an action brought by Adani that Queensland may issue mining leases for Carmichael. This decision overrides our opposition to the mine, expressed in our repeated rejection of the land use agreement with Adani."

The case is set to be mentioned later this month before reconvening next February.

- APN NEWSDESK


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