THE Jidi Jidi Aboriginal Corporation and Gleneagle Gold have traded charges over which party has been acting properly over Aboriginal heritage. Jidi Jidi represents the traditional owners of land north of Meekatharra, who were the first people in WA to have their native title recognised by the Federal Court. It has claimed that Gleneagle failed to negotiate a heritage agreement before commencing exploration activity. Jidi Jidi said it had made heritage agreements with other companies, but not Gleneagle, despite having written to the company eight times. For its part, Gleneagle said it has signed the heritage agreement annexed to the relevant Indigenous land use agreement. Gleneagle recently announced what it claimed were exciting results from its drilling program on the disputed prospect, known as Forrest Gimp.
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