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Today at the annual general meeting for the largest mining company in the world, BHP Billiton, aboriginal elders and civil society representatives have attended to share their concerns.

Delegates included:

Uncle Kevin Buzzacott and Peter Watts (Arabunna), Richard Evans – Yeelirrie, Tomohiro Matsuoka – Japan for Peace, Mia Pepper – Conservation Council WA

Dave Sweeney – Australian Conservation Foundation, Donna Jackson – Larrakia nation, Mitch – Arrente and many others – including Christian Miller from Chile.

Uncle Kevin Buzzacott addressed supporters gathered saying, calling on the people of Melbourne to regularly visit BHP headquarters to keep them accountable.

Uncle Kevin Buzzacott is from Arabunna country, directly impacted by BHP Billiton’s uranium mining operations  has brought a ‘Notice of Trespass’ to be served on BHP.

40 supporters gathered to support over 20 delegates who entered the conference to share concerns about many aspects of BHP Operations across Australia, and worldwide.

Conference delegates were greeted by a massive 6 metre high inflatable nuclear waste barrel and were handed copies of a different style of report.

A collective of environment groups from across the country have today released BHP Billiton: Dirty Energy ‘Alternative Annual Report’.


Arabunna elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott was one of a number of traditional custodians who travelled to Melbourne to challenge the board of the world’s biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, over the despoiling of their country. Here he describes his reception at the AGM.
We hear first from Friends of the Earth anti-nuclear campaigner Tully McIntyre, who witnessed proceedings, and Japanese for Peace campaigner Tomohiro Matsuoka.

While traditional custodians and supporters holding proxies were inside the Melbourne Convention Centre challenging the board, other supporters held a protest outside, against the backdrop of a huge blow-up radioactive waste barrel:
hip-hop from Izzy and MC Ollie, satire from No Nukes Calamity Jane (aka Madeline Hudson), song from the Radical Choir, including a solo from Emily…

Al Jazeera reports on the true costs of Australia’s mining boom which includes the ‘Big Australian’ BHP Billiton’s role in the growing concerns of the destruction to the environment, families, Aboriginal communities and the future of Australia as a sustainable, clean and just country.

UK firm’s partner ‘wanted Peru to curb priests in mine conflict areas’

Tim Webb
31 January 2011

A mining company in Peru part-owned by a British FTSE 100 company agitated for the removal of teachers and Catholic bishops to new posts away from “conflictive mining communities”, according to a leaked US cable obtained via WikiLeaks.

An executive of the company, in which BHP Billiton has a one-third stake, urged diplomats to persuade the Peruvian government and church to “rotate” such professionals out of sensitive areas, the secret document said. Read the rest of this entry »

Dharawal is one of the few coal mine proposals in Australia to be stopped

The Dharawal is a wild area of swamps and streams forming the pristine headwaters of the Georges River, just at the southern and south western edge of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia. It is habitat to endangered and vulnerable species and has many significant and hidden aboriginal sites. Read the rest of this entry »

On Sunday 28th November 2010 over 1500 people gathered in Perth in Western Australia to support the protection of the Kimberley Region in Western Australia from massive polluting industrialization being pushed by corporate oil and gas giants, BHP Billiton, Woodside Petroleum, Chevron, BP and Shell.

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Koori Mail

PROTESTERS outside BHP Billiton’s annual general meeting in Perth have slammed the resource giant’s uranium mining plans in Australia.

Conservation groups, unions and Aboriginal traditional owner groups voiced their environmental concerns at the Perth Convention and Exhibition centre on 16 November. They raised particular concerns about BHP proposed uranium mine at Yeelirrie in Western Australia’s Goldfields region. Conservation Council of WA director Piers Verstegen said BHP had been acting behind the scenes to -prevent’ a public inquiry from going ahead into uranium mining in WA. Read the rest of this entry »

Radio Australia, Pacific Beat Home
November 17, 2010 18:19:08


Across the Pacific region managing the development of major mining projects usually involves dealing with the concerns and grievances of traditional landowners.

In Papua New Guinea’s Madang Province, landowners have been fighting to stop the Ramu Nickel Mine over fears it will dump mine waste into the sea and ruin their environment. Read the rest of this entry »

BHPB is in a joint venture partnership with other fossil fuel giants to build an industrial gas processing facility at James Price Point, north of Broome in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

The development of heavy industry and a deepwater port on the pristine Kimberley coast would have severe local impacts in the middle of the world’s largest Humpback whale nursery, and facilitate wide scale industrialisation of one of the world’s last unspoiled areas. Read the rest of this entry »

“Within the Wongutha Tribal group I am the leader of my clan, the Koara people. Yeelirrie is in my tribal boundary. One of the things BHP has not done, and what it’s supposed to do it, its law actually for them to do a heritage survey with me and my people.

They’ve never consulted with me to do that. What I need to say to you is this … before we ever knew about nuclear anything that place Yeelirrie was a no go zone for my tribal people. The name of it, in my native language, the place Yeelirrie means ‘death’.

BHP Billiton has never done a heritage survey with me. I’m happy that while uranium is in the ground it’s safe, I’m concerned what it’s going to do when it comes out of the ground. Now if it’s going to start killing off people in another country, destroying their lives, I’m concerned about that, because it’s my land that could be doing this stuff. It concerns me, it concerns my tribal group, it concerns the surrounding people.”

– Richard Evans, Koara Traditional Owner Read the rest of this entry »

Western Mining Corporation first developed the Olympic Dam (Roxby Downs) Uranium Mine in 1983, despite strong and sustained opposition from Kokatha and Arabunna Traditional Owners and environmentalists. BHP Billiton purchased the underground Olympic Dam mine in 2005. In May 2009 BHP Billiton released a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) detailing plans to turn Olympic Dam into a massive open pit mine[1]. This new open pit mine is intended to operate alongside the existing underground mine and to increase uranium production from 4,000 to 19,000 tonnes per year and copper production from 200,000 to 750,000 tonnes a year[2]. Read the rest of this entry »

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