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Indigenous tribal leader calls for support to stop Adani
Sep 07, 2021
Adrian Burragubba, tribal leader of the Wangan & Jagalingou, speaks outside the Queensland Parliament, August 2021

Statement from Adrian Burragubba, Wangan and Jagalingou tribal leader & Nagana Yarrbayn senior cultural custodian


Adani threatens our sacred Doongmabulla Springs with destruction. And as Adani drains and pollutes the underground water for its massive mining project, we have put the Environment Minister under fire.

The Queensland Government is failing in its duty of care to guarantee the human rights of all Wangan & Jagalingou people. We need your support!

Write to the minister now and urge her to meet with the Nagana Yarrbayn Cultural Custodians, to hear our concerns and take the actions we have requested.

Doongmabulla Springs, a W&J sacred site threatened by Adani's Carmichael mine

We are witnessing the rapid destruction of our land, water and culture by Adani.

The government is responsible for this yet continues to ignore our calls for urgent action. We won’t be fobbed off. The Environment Minister, the Hon. Meaghan Scanlon, has the power to stop work on Adani's mine and order an independent investigation into the mounting threats to our sacred Doongmabulla Springs.

We are asking the Minister to show us proper respect and meet with us to hear our story and learn what's happening on our country.

Take action: let the Queensland government know you want them to work with W&J cultural custodians to protect the sacred Doongmabulla Springs and uphold W&J human rights.

Our lawyers are preparing legal challenges while we stand our ground on Country. The government must enforce environmental protection laws. But if the Government won’t act, we will take enforcement action ourselves.

Adani must stop work!

People can hear about the Nagana Yarrbayn cultural custodians, and protecting the water, in the latest W&J video.

We’re the real custodians – we’re the ones who stand up and fight for our country and the survival of our people, our law, our culture and our language. That’s why we’re here. This is our life – we lay our life down for the law of the land.

This government hasn’t heard anything I’ve told them. They are acting at the behest of Adani. We asked them to stand with us and fight against this mining company – and all they did was gang up and fight against us.

Our human rights are threatened, right here and now.

We need your support to bring legal challenges to protect the water and defend our human rights

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‘We manifest our culture. Nagana Yarrbayn, that’s who we are. We’re the cultural custodians.’

We are present on Country, at the edge of Adani's coal mine, to conduct a ceremony called Waddananggu - which means 'the talking'. We are making ceremony here. We’re making peace with the old people, calling the ancestors to come in and protect us from this destruction.

We have set up a stone Bora ring and ceremonial ground opposite Adani’s mine and are asserting our human rights, as Wangan and Jagalingou First Nation people, to practice culture. We will remain on Country for as long as it takes to protect our ancestral homelands, including the sacred Doongmabulla Springs, from Adani's destruction.

You are invited to join us and show your support.

Come to witness Waddananggu – ‘the talking’ – and stand with us to protect our human rights to practice ceremony and culture, and protect our homelands.

The Waddananggu ceremony of the W&J indigenous people on Country threatened by Adani's coal project