“No one came to see me face to face,” he said in the dirt floor court that had been set up beside a beach under a makeshift marquee for about 50 people.
“We have for centuries, for so long, survived and lived alongside the sea and the environment, it integral part of our culture,” said Mr Puruntatameri, who was also wearing facing paint and traditional clothing.
Tiwi Island Regional Council Mayor Pirrawayingi Puruntatameri said traditional owners had not been consulted about the drilling. Source: AAP / AARON BUNCH/AAPIMAGE
The historic hearing, which is the first of its kind, started with a smoking ceremony to welcome Judge Mordecai Bromberg and a dozen lawyers from Santos, the Environmental Defenders Office and the federal government, who had flown to the island for the case.
“If I was aware I would have told my Manupi clan group.”
The Tiwi Islands are 85km north of Darwin.