Indigenous group ‘refused entry’ to McArthur River Mine site

 A man claiming cultural ties to the McArthur River Mine (MRM) site says a group of women and children have been refused entry to sacred land by management.

Jackie Green says about 25 people wanted to perform a cultural dance on land just inside the boundaries of the mine site yesterday, but were stopped at the gate.

The group had a documentary film crew and a representative of the Territory Environment Centre with them.

Mr Green says the mine should allow local Indigenous people to exercise their culture on the land.

“We can’t exercise our culture any more because they’ve got that lease and they’re stopping us from doing that,” he said.

Mr Green says he was embarrassed when a mining company executive arrived at the stand-off in a helicopter.

“The manager of McArthur Mine, Brian Hearne, landed the chopper, right in front of the Toyota that I was driving,” he said.

“All the dust and grass was blowing into my kid’s eyes, and that was really embarrassing.

“We feel no good because we can’t go back in there and exercise our culture.”

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