The Queensland Government has approved three mining leases for Indian mining giant Adani to go ahead with their major coal mine project in the Galilee Basin.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the approvals have been subject to extensive government and community scrutiny and people in the State’s central and north will welcome the prospect for jobs and economic development.
While it is claimed that the mining company have secured agreements with landholders, Wangan Jagalingou traditional owners say the decision shows a gutless and morally bankrupt approach by the Government to their rights.
The groups representative, Adrian Burragubba says it’s shameful and they will be challenge the decision all the way to the high court and will pursue rights under international law.
Juru traditional owners who are to host the projects port at Abbott Point have also been in opposition and recently revealed they were threatened by the Indian mining company with compulsory acquisition if they didn’t back off.
While Adani is yet to make a final investment decision for the mine to go ahead, the company says they hope to start construction next year.