Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation – MEDIA ADVISORY
Wednesday 28 November 2012
MEDIA ADVISORY—PRESS CONFERENCE
Staggering new revelations of FMG subterfuge
Time: Thursday morning 10:30AM
Location: MANTRA HOTEL, 201 Hay St (cnr Bennett), East Perth
Bruce Woodley, Chairman, Wirlu-Murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (WMYAC) – will read a statement and answer questions
Kerry Savas, Solicitor formerly representing Wirlu-murra – will answer questions
Gerry Georgatos NIT journalist gerry_georgatos
Yindjibarndi Elder Bruce Woodley will make a statement regarding his allegations, made in today’s National Indigenous Times, about Fortescue Metals Group’s (FMG) subterfuge of Yindjibarndi native title business; and its actions to rig a deal securing cheap access to Yindjibarndi lands for its Solomon Project.
As Chairman of the Wirlu-Murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (WMYAC), Mr Woodley is the most high-ranking office-holder at WMYAC – the Yindjibarndi faction created and funded by FMG. Bruce is the uncle of the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC) Chief Executive Officer, Michael Woodley.
Mr Kerry Savas will also answer several false statements made by FMG director Peter Meurs, in the 20 November ABC-TV 7.30 program, specifically:
1. Regarding FMG’s creation of the Wirlu-murra faction – "Fortescue definitely did not set up a rival group to YAC".
2. Regarding whether Fortescue had paid Wirlu-murra faction members to represent FMG’s position –"We didn’t pay… we didn’t exclusively pay people to represent our position. We offered to pay the expenses of all the people that came to the meeting so that it would be fairly represented and so it could be voted on".
3. Regarding FMG’s coercion of heritage consultants to change their reports – "[…] in some cases some of those that reported, reported on the wrong subject or the wrong piece of land. There’s various sections of land here, and in those cases we asked them to correct the reports. I see nothing inappropriate about that."