Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation, Fortescue Metals Group, and Emergency Declaration: Woodley to put the case on FMG abuse


MEDIA ADVISORY

EMERGENCY DECLARATION to stop FMG sites destruction

-   ABORIGINAL HERITAGE CRISIS IN WA DEEPENS
-   YINDJIBARNDI PLEA FOR FEDERAL INTERVENTION 
-   FORTESCUE METALS THREATENS TO SUE STATE

MEDIA CONFERENCE 
Wednesday 23 November 11.30AM
SENATE COURTYARD
Parliament House, Canberra
MICHAEL WOODLEY CEO 
YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION

Michael Woodley, CEO of the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation, and senior Yindjibarndi elders are in Canberra this morning meeting the Hon. Tony Burke (Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities).

Mr Woodley will put the Yindjibarndi case for EMERGENCY DECLARATION to stop Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) desecrating and destroying the highly significant heritage and religious sites of his people at FMG’s Solomon Project in the Pilbara (under sections 9, 10 and 12 of theAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984).

Michael will hold a media conference to: 
-   discuss the outcome of his meeting with the Hon. Minister Burke 
-   pinpoint key aspects of the Yindjibarndi application for EMERGENCY DECLARATION
-   highlight the most appalling aspects of FMG abuses of heritage and due process
-   provide new information exposing FMG’s legal threats against the Western Australian Department of Indigenous Affairs
-   describe the Yindjibarndi initiative for immediate, rigorous and independent heritage assessment of FMG tenements with Australia-wide support of heritage professionals 

For further information 
CONTACT 
Michael Woodley – CEO YAC – 0419 097 130      mwoodley@juluwarlu.com.au
Phil Davies – Anthropologis/Public Officer – 0429 110 451     pdavies@juluwarlu.com.au
For media materials please contact – media@juluwarlu.com.au
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