Juru missed out on $1m from Adani: court

Juru Enterprise disputes being replaced as Abbot Point body in Federal Court Native Title case.
Juru Enterprise disputes being replaced as Abbot Point body in Federal Court Native Title case. Cas Garvey

A BOWEN-based Aboriginal corporation has told a court it has missed out on more than $1 million from Adani's Abbot Point coal terminal development when they were replaced under a land use agreement.

Juru Enterprise has taken Adani and Kyburra Munda Yalga Aboriginal Corporation to the Federal Court claiming Kyburra did not have approval to replace Juru under an Indigenous Land Use Agreement amendment.

Juru barrister Christopher Ryall told the court witnesses would testify the company had missed out on more than $1 million.

Mr Ryall said some witnesses had "common membership” of Juru and Kyburra and knowledge of agreements between the groups and Adani.

Kyburra barrister Daniel O'Gorman told the court his client denied the allegations but said there was very little in dispute between the parties.

He said Kyburra maintained the native title group had lawfully transferred rights to Kyburra.

"Our preliminary view ... is there is nothing to either of these bases upon which (Juru) has sought to claim,” he said.

Adani's lawyers told the court the company did not intend to take a major part in the proceedings. Other parties, including the Queensland Government, may be called. 

The matter will return to court at a future date.


Topics:  abbot point coal terminal adani coal court export federal court mining

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