Caldera Environment Centre wishes to recognise the generations of the local Aboriginal people of the Bundjalung Nation who have lived in and derived their physical and spiritual needs from the forests, rivers, lakes and streams of this beautiful valley over many thousands of years as the traditional owners and custodians of these lands.

Next Meeting
Tuesday 13th February, 5.30pm
  Caldera Environment Centre
   4 Queen Street, Murwillumbah


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A message from the Wangan and Jagalingou people

Friends,

There will be no surrender of our lands for now.

Yesterday in the Federal Court we won an interim injunction. Justice Reeves made an order against the Queensland Government, preventing them from extinguishing our native title before we have our day in court. We are heading back to court for a hearing on 30 January 2018.

This interim injunction offers us some respite. It ensures that extinguishment of our native title cannot be snuck through over the holiday period.

Adani pressed hard and objected to the injunction. And the Queensland Government tried to preserve its ability to “advance swiftly” on the Adani project.

We have restrained the Government and Adani from taking away our land rights – for now.

We must continue our fight – and with your support we know we can, and that we will make a difference.

Already the Government is feeling the heat from the thousands of calls and emails they received from you. In the end they didn’t oppose the injunction.

We are calling on the Government to take a more pro-active role in standing up for our rights, and not Adani’s interests.

The Government ignored us throughout the last term because they didn’t want to take no for an answer. It’s time they stopped to listen to us, and quit opposing us in the courts. Yesterday was a good start.

Thank you again for your support at this important time. And if you can donate to our Defence of Country fund or purchase the Adani, No Means No t-shirt it will help us start the year ready for the biggest fight of our lives.

Adrian Burragubba & Murrawah Johnson

with Linda Bobongie (Chairperson)

for the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council

P.S. The Government hasn’t changed its position yet, though there are signs we are moving them.

If you haven’t so far, you can still send an email to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, and Minister for Mines Anthony Lynham asking that they:

~ do not act to extinguish any Wangan and Jagalingou native title under any circumstances, and

~ respect the decision of the W&J Traditional Owners who voted down the ILUA four times

Premier Palaszczuk – thepremier@premiers.qld.gov.au

Deputy Premier Trad  – deputy.premier@ministerial.qld.gov.au

Minister Lynham – sdnrm@ministerial.qld.gov.au

Remember to Cc: us when you write, at info@wanganjagalingou.com.au

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