Indigenous group still divided over Carmichael Coal Mine

A CENTRAL Queensland indigenous group is still divided over Adani's Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project.

The mining giant was forced to take its fight for two of its mining leases to the National Native Title Tribunal earlier this year after it could not come to an agreement with the Wangan and Jagalingou people.

But the legal fight effectively ended when the only submission provided on behalf of the group was an email which the group chose not to support.

It came from one of the group's three representatives, Adrian Burragubba.

This led to the tribunal's recent decision that both Adani's leases could be granted.

But Mr Burragubba shot out at Adani again after the other two representatives released a joint statement with the mining giant on Tuesday.

Adani said the indigenous group would continue to work with the organisation to deliver jobs, training and business development opportunities.

The group's other two representatives, Patrick Malone and Irene White, spoke about working with Adani for the best of the community.

"We won't tolerate the interference of vested interests whose focus is on matters other than the welfare and opportunities of our people - they won't be allowed to interfere in our community decision-making process on what is best for the future of our community and the economic benefits that will flow from the project ," Ms White said.

But Mr Burragubba said Adani was misleading the public to suit its own economic interest in the Carmichael mining project.

"Adani is dishonestly trying to distort what is a complex situation around who speaks for our community," Mr Burragubba said.

"In any group there are a variety of views."



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