Protesters deliver 2000-strong petition to Adani office

ABBOT Point locals and traditional Indigenous landowners descended on Adani's Brisbane office to deliver a 2000-strong petition against the miner's projects.

Environmentalist 350.org said more than 300 protesters surrounded the office to show their opposition to the company's $16 billion Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin and its Abbot Point port expansion.

The petition contained the signatures of Australians across the country pledging to take peaceful civil disobedience to halt the central Queensland projects.

A Juru traditional owner from the Abbot Point area, Carol Prior, was part of the delegation delivering the pledges to Adani.

"I'm here to send a strong message to Adani today - we don't want their coal mine or their port, that will destroy our heritage, sacred sites and the Great Barrier Reef," she said.

Adani said it was committed to fostering good working relationships with traditional owner groups spanning its mine, rail and port projects.

The company said it had successfully negotiated cultural heritage management programs with all four traditional owner groups, including the Juru people.

Adani said the programs had been approved by the state government.

They said aspects of the rail and port project had been altered in agreement with the Juru people, including relocating more than 30km of rail.

The company said it had recently launched its Indigenous Participation Plan to provide jobs, training and environmental management programs to traditional owner groups. 

- APN NEWSDESK


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