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W&J Land Owners defend country as deadline looms to transfer land to Adani

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MEDIA ALERT Friday 30 August 2019

W&J Land Owners defend country as deadline looms to transfer land to Adani • Qld Coordinator General has set Sat 31 Aug as date for crucial transfer

of W&J land to Adani

• W&J Family Council are maintaining a Cultural Sovereignty Camp on

this land

• W&J call on Qld govt to respect their rights, not sign over land

WHAT: Council leader Adrian Burragubba and a group of Wangan and Jagalingou people will call on the Qld govt to rule out transferring their land to Adani to build mine infrastructure, which is scheduled to occur by Saturday 31 August 2019

WHEN: 10.30am Friday 30 August 2019.

WHERE: State Government Offices, 1 William Street, Brisbane

IMAGES: Wangan & Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council members and supporters, with other First Nations people standing in solidarity, and banners.

SPEAKER: Adrian Burragubba, spokesperson for the Wangan & Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council.

Images of last weekend’s ceremony at Cultural Sovereignty Camp here.

Wangan & Jagalingou Family Council spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said, “It is shameful that the Queensland state government is again preparing to hand Adani rights to our land, without our consent.

“We will not be made trespassers on our own Country. The Government must not violate our property rights. We will continue our fight to ensure our ancestral lands are not destroyed. The Government must meet us in respect of our rights, and not fast track Adani’s destruction.

“Last weekend we set up a Cultural Sovereignty Camp on our Country, on the land the State wants to hand to Adani. We are performing ceremonies and customary observances near our sacred Doongmabulla Springs, to acknowledge our Ancestors’ continued presence and pay respect to the land.

“We have halted Adani from destroying our country and sacred waters for eight long years. We will not relent in our right to choose our own future. We will stand our ground on the land that the State intends to hand to Adani. No still means no”. _________________

For media contact:

Anthony Esposito, W&J Council Adviser

0418 152 743