Traditional Owners stand their ground, evict Adani

August 27, 2020
Adrian Burragubba serves Adani with an eviction notice on August 20. Photo: Alex Bainbridge

Wangan and Jagalingou tribal warriors have re-established control of access to their Country by blocking a roadway leading to the Adani mine site on August 24.

Four days earlier, senior elder Adrian Burragubba served an eviction notice backed by supporters at Adani’s Brisbane head office.

Simultaneous eviction notices were issued in Townsville and at the Adani mine site.

“We are #StandingOurGround to evict Adani and end the desecration of our homelands,” the August 24 statement said. “We will remain on Country to enforce the eviction notice that we issued to Adani last week.

“Soon, Adani will start draining the water table and digging their mine, causing irreversible damage to our lands, our sites and our sacred Doongmabulla Springs.

“They have given us no choice but to take urgent action to protect water, defend our Country and maintain our right to preserve and practice our culture.”

Video from the day shows trucks turning around at the roadblock.

Traditional Owners are asking for support including via a selfie campaign to “demonstrate widespread support for our actions”.

People are being asked to make a sign saying “#StandingOurGround with Wangan and Jagalingou people” and to post it on social media with the #StandingOurGround hashtag.

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