Adani meeting at City Hall, 900km from mine
MINING giant Adani is holding a meeting in Maryborough City Hall today in the hopes of authorising a proposed Indigenous land use agreement for a planned mine - almost 900km away.
About 300 people are expected to attend the 9am meeting about the Carmichael Project at Clermont, with Adani paying travel and accommodation fees of W & J (Wangan and Jagalingou) Native Title Claim Group members.
But the Wangan and Jagalingou (W & J) People say the meeting is "illegitimate" and should not be held in Maryborough.
W & J family council spokeswoman Murrawah Johnson said the group had held a meeting to discuss the land use agreement and the meeting had not been convened by the Indigenous Australian families.
"The plan is to challenge tomorrow's meeting in the courts, purely based on the previous meeting that passed resolutions but were not negotiated by Adani," Ms Johnson said.
"After the March 19 meeting, we made it clear that we would no longer talk to Adani, and we will be taking legal action."
She said hosting the meeting in Maryborough, almost 900km away from the land under question, was "ridiculous".
"But I think it's all part of Adani's game; out of site, out of mind, the March 19 meeting was held in Brisbane because it's a transport hub and many W & J people live there," Ms Johnson said.
"Maryborough though? I was very surprised; I don't know of any W & J people who live there."
"In terms of logistical sense, there is none."
Hotels and motels in Maryborough's CBD are enjoying the extra business.
Blue Shades motel manager Harry Draman said 42 people would be staying at the Ferry St business until Sunday morning.
"We'll welcome them back," Mr Draman said.
"It's a good bit of business."
Adani Mining has been contacted for comment.