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Wangan and Jagalingou begin Cultural Camp at Adani mine site

[supplied by Wongan and Jagalingou Cultural Custodians]

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A group of Wangan and Jagalingou Cultural Custodians yesterday commenced a ceremony at the edge of Adani’s Carmichael mine, calling for an immediate stop work at the mine site to protect the sacred Doongmabulla springs. They have said they will stay at the site until Adani stops work.

Spokesperson Coedie McAvoy said “We’ve come to a crucial point in our fight against the mine. Adani is draining the water table, it’s impacting the Doongmabulla Springs. If they keep going we will lose these ancient and unique spring systems.”

The ceremony at the mine site is called ‘Waddananggu’ - which translates to ‘the talking’ in Wirdi language and is named after the bora circle as a place for talking.

Mr McAvoy said “The ceremony is for our ancestor spirits that are out there and need to be called in from that pit area. This is also a talking circle for connecting and treatying with other tribes in the area.

“The experts are saying the springs are dying, and we have to stop it. We’ve asked the Queensland government to issue a stop work order to protect the springs but they’re in too deep and are saying their hands are tied. So as Traditional Owners we need to stop this. We’re putting our own stop work order on Adani and saying we’re not leaving until you leave.”

Wangan and Jagalingou have been clear that they want the Queensland Government to respect their human rights and not interfere with their tribal lore. In May, the Queensland Police Service issued an apology to Mr McAvoy and other Wangan and Jagalingou people for not allowing them to practice their culture on their traditional lands.

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