Adani edges closer
Court win, Quarry buy and power on at Carmichael
Wednesday 23 August 2017
Renegade native title holder Adrian Burragubba has failed for a second time in his attempt to use legal channels to delay or block the progress of Adani’s Carmichael coal project.
Mr Burragubba is a traditional owner and the one dissenting party among the 12 native title claimants for the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) aboriginal groups who entered into an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with Adani in 2016.
While 294 W&J people voted in support of the ILUA, Mr Burragubba rejected it, calling it a
“sham meeting which has engineered a sham outcome”.
He later challenged the ILUA in August 2016, using the tax payer funded Environmental Defenders Office to make his claim, however, his claim was rejected as not having “merit” by the Native Title Tribunal.
Since that time, Mr Burragubba has again sought to appeal the ILUA through the Court of Appeal, but that was dismissed this week.
Adani has yet to comment on the court's findings, however, Queensland Resources Council, Chief Executive, Ian Macfarlane says the appeal was simply a delaying tactic.
“It’s no surprise the court action was dismissed as it is just another in the long line of vexatious legal suits that hold back regional economies,” he said.
“The appeal by Adrian Burragubba is merely a tactic of the anti-coal brigade and is straight out of the activists’ playbook.
“ It’s all about disrupting and delaying new projects in the hope that the investor will give up and walk away and in so doing, denying regional Queensland thousands of desperately needed jobs.”
Meanwhile, Adani has bought six quarries along the proposed Galilee to Abbot Point Coal Terminal rail corridor to facilitate the building of their proposed railway and now has powered accommodation at the proposed Carmichael mine site.
"Where there is an existing quarry that's close to the corridor we will try and use it and there will be quarries opened up along the corridor. Once construction is finished, they can be used by others," Adani’s Ron Watson told the Townsville Bulletin.
Mr Watson said using the quarries was dependent on the rail line's funding arrangements moving forward.