FMG CEO, Mr Nev Power, was quoted yesterday as saying, “We have commenced construction at Solomon.”
FMG also announced that a preferred contractor had been named to build a rail spur to its Solomon mining hub, and another contract for mining camp construction was immanent.
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If this gives the impression that FMG can immediately proceed with mining or rail and mining camp construction on Yindjibarndi country, within which the inaugural Firetail mine is wholly situated, the suggestion is false.
Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC) want to make clear that no ground breaking for the initial Firetail mine within FMG’s Solomon Hub, on Yindjibarndi country, can legally begin until conditions of the Minister’s s.18 Aboriginal Heritage Act consent regarding Yindjibarndi cultural sites have been met. These have not been met.
Nor can any construction begin on rail infrastructure or any mining camp on Yindjibarndi country, because FMG has not been granted MISCELLANEOUS LICENSES for such purposes.
FMG statements about construction should clearly distinguish between Solomon Hub development occurring on Yindjibarndi native title areas, and construction that may be happening on the lands of adjacent traditional owners.