Indigenous appeal against Adani's 'mine of mass destruction'
TRADITIONAL owners have launched a last ditch attempt to block Adani's central Queensland coal mine from going ahead.
Despite losing a previous legal challenge against the $21.7 billion project, Adrian Burragubba, senior traditional owner and spokesman for the Wangan and Jagalingou people, says he is not done yet, filing documents in the Supreme Court which could potentially pose a new problem for the controversial mega mine.
Adani has been subjected to repeated legal challenges since it announced plans for the mine six years ago but the tide finally turned this year when it was granted Queensland Government approval for its mining leases despite concerns about air pollution and the impact on the Great Barrier Reef.
It successfully fended off claims by the Australian Conservation Foundation and the W&J people but Mr Burragubba maintained he would take his fight to overturn the State Government's approval of the mining leases all the way to the High Court.
He reiterated that threat outside Brisbane's Supreme Court on Wednesday where he confirmed he was appealing the judgement on behalf of the W&J people in the Queensland Court of Appeal.
Referring to the project as the "mine of mass destruction", Mr Burragubba said traditional owners were "constructing a legal line of defence because the Queensland Government and Adani are trying to bulldoze us aside".
"We will not stand by while they sing from the same song sheet about their grandiose but hollow plans," Mr Burragubba said
"Our people, the Australian community and the world deserve better than this cavalier, unjust and outdated approach to our shared future."
This week W&J also confirmed they had filed documents objecting to the registration of an Indigenous Land Use agreement - one of four legal actions currently underway.
The group maintains the biggest mine in Australian history would "extinguish or impair" native title on a vast area of its traditional lands in the Galiliee Basin.
Meanwhile, Adani is forging ahead with its plans to begin work on the mine in the face of pending court decisions.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed this week the 10,000 jobs the project is expected to generate will go regional Queenslanders after receiving an "ironclad guarantee" from company chairman Gautam Adani that 457 visas will not play a part in building the workforce.