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!
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.
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!
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 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.