• W&J Traditional Owner Adrian Burragubba says a number of sacred cultural sites will be lost if construction of the Adani mine goes ahead. (Mark Doyle)Source: Mark Doyle
Wangan and Jagalingou man Adrian Burragubba remains defiant after being ordered to pay $600,000 in legal costs to the controversial mining company.
NITV Staff Writer

30 Aug 2019 - 10:57 AM  UPDATED 30 Aug 2019 - 4:00 PM

An Indigenous opponent to Adani's central Queensland coal mine has vowed to continue protesting after being bankrupted by his failed court actions.

Wangan and Jagalingou man Adrian Burragubba claimed that the land-use agreement between his people and Adani was invalid because the company failed to explain that once the native title was relinquished, it cannot be reclaimed.

The Indian mining giant successfully argued that Traditional Owners voted 294-to-one in favour of the land use agreement.

Mr Burragubba lost the case and last year was ordered by the Federal Court to pay $600,000 in legal costs for numerous failed court actions to stop the Galilee Basin project.

He and his supporters held a protest in Brisbane this morning calling on the Queensland government to “rule out transferring their land to Adani to build mine infrastructure”.

“There is no consent, and no contract not with Adani and we do not agree with that destructive mine going ahead and fracturing our past and our heritage and who we are as people, from that land,” Mr Burragubba said.

“We are conducting ceremony on that country; we began last week so we are maintaining a vigil on that site. And we are inviting other first nation’s people to come and pay respect to our ancestors and the land that is sacred to us.”

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