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FMG files Appeal in the matter of Warrie, on behalf of the Yindjibarndi People

Mining News - Published on Tue, 19 Nov 2019

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Fortescue Metals Group Ltd has lodged an application for special leave to appeal the decision of the Full Federal Court in the above matter given on 18 October 2019. Fortescue reconfirmed its earlier advice that the decision of the Full Federal Court has no impact on its current or future operations or mining tenure at the Solomon Hub, and the Company does not anticipate any material financial impact to the business as a result of the decision of the Full Federal Court. Fortescue Chief Executive Officer Ms Elizabeth Gaines said “We accept, and have always accepted, the Yindjibarndi people’s non-exclusive native title rights and interests over the relevant area. Our application for special leave to appeal to the High Court turns on a point of law regarding the right to exclusive possession, with potential implications for a range of industries including future mining, agriculture and tourism development proposals.

She added “Fortescue has an established track record of working proactively with native title groups. We currently have seven agreements in operation providing native title royalties as well as heritage management, training, employment and business opportunities. These agreements provide significant economic and social benefits to the relevant communities. We remain open to negotiating a Land Access Agreement with all of the Yindjibarndi people on similar terms to the agreements Fortescue has in place with the other native title groups in the region.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 19 Nov 2019
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