Fortescue loses appeal over native title

An autonomous truck at Solomon. Picture: FMG
An autonomous truck at Solomon. Picture: FMG

FORTESCUE Metals Group has failed to overturn a native title ruling covering its Solomon iron ore mine in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

The Federal Court recognised the Yindjibarndi people as having exclusive rights to more than 2700sq km of land, including the Solomon mine, in 2017.

Fortescue lodged an appeal, but the Federal Court dismissed the case on Friday.

Chief executive Elizabeth Gaines said the company was considering an appeal to the High Court.

She said the company’s mining tenure rights and current operations were unaffected.

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