Trashes Indigenous Rights

Adani’s mine, rail and port project will destroy the ancestral lands, waters and cultures of Indigenous peoples in the region. And Adani does not have the consent of the local Wangan and Jagalingou people.

Adani have actively worked to divide the Wangan and Jagalingou people to claim they consent to the mine32.

The W&J have three times rejected a land deal with Adani since 2012 and have four court challenges underway, yet Adani is pushing on with their plans to begin work in 201733.

State and federal governments have done Adani’s bidding and rammed through changes to both native title and water laws to ensure their mine goes ahead, in the face of Indigenous opposition to the mine.

Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners are fighting to defend their lands and culture from Adani and the Queensland and Commonwealth Governments. They pledge to do whatever it takes to preserve their culture, but they can’t do it alone.

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The Wangan and Jagalingou people, Traditional Owners of the land on which Adani wants to build their mine, have said ‘no’. W&J are fighting Adani because of the massive, irreversible damage the mine will have on their land, water and culture. The W&J have said they will not sign away their land rights in a phoney land use agreement, and have asked people around the world to stand with them in their struggle34.


The W&J have exposed Adani for using its power and money to divide their community, employing dubious conduct to claim approval. W&J have provided evidence in court that Adani engineered sham meetings, stacked with people who are not part of their claim group and who have no authority to make decisions, to give a veneer of consent.

Adani and the mining lobby has pushed the Queensland and Federal governments to rush through changes to national native title laws and amend state water laws so Adani’s mine goes ahead, despite local opposition.

The W&J are challenging Adani’s project in the Australian courts and have taken their cause to the United Nations. They are also demanding that Australian and international banks do not back the project.

The impacts of the mine project extend beyond W&J land to Juru, Jaanga and Birri country. Juru cultural sites, including rock art and burial sites, are at risk from Adani’s proposed rail and port and Juru elders are working to protect their sacred heritage from destruction35. Birri people have expressed concerns about proposed water sources for Adani’s mine, such as the Urannah Dam, and its impact on their water and cultural heritage36.

Adani knows it cannot build their mine without the consent of Traditional Owners. The W&J have vowed to continue fighting the proposed mine until Adani is gone and their land and rights are no longer under threat.

Footnotes

34. Wangan and Jagalingou website, Our fight.