The following documentary forms part of a six-episode series that highlights Indigenous peoples’ struggle to protect their lands from industrial development. Although the Browse LNG Processing Plant will not be developed along the Lurujarri Dreaming Trail and Northern Traditions Song Cycle (songline), the traditional lands of the Goolarabooloo and Jabirr Jabirr people have still been compulsorily acquired by the Western Australian government. The WA government intends on industrialising the monsoonal vine thicket of the Dampier Peninsula, which is now a threatened ecological community and functions as a year-round food and medicinal resource.
The Native Planet documentary was respectfully made with the Goolarabooloo people and gives voice to their fight to protect country and shares the perspectives of others with supporting and divergent viewpoints.
Buru Energy’s oil and gas fields show the Ungani oil field and the Yulleroo and Valhalla gas fields where fracking is planned for the 2014 dry season. Source: ABC
Click here to read about the WA EPAs decision not to assess Buru Energy’s plans to frack the Canning Basin.
An email I received from the Goolarabooloo community yesterday:
Dear Trail walker – past and future,
The Broome Shire and the West Australian Planning Commission have prepared the latest planning documents with the purpose to set out the long-term (10-15 years) planning directions for the Shire of Broome. It is to our great surprise that the Lurujarri Heritage Trail is not included is these Local Planning Strategy (LPS 6) documents. Instead, they provide for large-scale industrialisation and development along the coast north of Broome.
As most of you would know in 1987, Goolarabooloo elder Paddy Roe initiated the Lurujarri Heritage Trail as a trigger to encourage the members of his community to be walking the Country, as had always been done; to conserve, renew and stay connected with their heritage and traditional skills and to keep the same alive for generations to come. He also sought to awaken non-Aboriginal people to a relationship with the land, to foster trust, friendship and empathy between the indigenous community and the wider Australian and International communities.
Since that day, hundreds of people from all over Australia and the world have walked the Lurujarri Heritage Trail with us and more still are hoping to take part in the future. We believe the continuing success and growing popularity of the Lurujarri Heritage Trail only serves to confirm it’s outstanding heritage values.
Back in the early days the Broome Shire had been very supportive of Lurujarri Heritage Trail. You might have noticed the Shire of Broome logo on all our interpretative signs along the coast. So what is going on? According to the Local Planning Strategy (LPS 6) documentation, the Lurrujarri Heritage Trail does not meet the definition of a Heritage Area and has subsequently failed to be included. How can this happen? The Local Planning Strategy (LPS 6) document’s own definition of heritage area states:
“Heritage Area means an area which is of cultural heritage significance and of such distinctive nature or character that special controls are considered necessary to retain and/or enhance that character, even though each individual place in the area may not itself be of significance.”
Are they serious?
Here is an accompanying map of the proposed planning land use for the Dampier Peninsula.
So when did the Shire of Broome decide that the Lurujarri Heritage/Dreaming Trail ceased to exist? Has the Northern Traditions Song Cycle also been eradicated from the minds of policy makers? The often cruel politics (a legacy of colonisation and land theft) underlying what makes it onto a map and what is left off is blatant in the Broome Shire’s Local Planning Strategy.
Today, finally some justice as Chief Justice Wayne Martin ruled that the EPA and W.A. Government’s approvals processes for the gas hub at James Prices Point were unlawful.
I hope the folk walking the Lurujarri Dreaming Trail at the moment are celebrating with Goolarabooloo and country at Wirrar/Barred Creek today. Blessings to this country and the people who held a high feeling of connection throughout the dark times.
Supreme Court chief justice rules against controversial Kimberley gas hub approvals
Source: The Wilderness Society
I have not the heart to write for long about the incredibly flawed EPA process and the collusion that exists at all levels with the W.A. State Government re: proposed development at Walmadany/James Price Point. The concept of one-person boards/committees still intrigues me. To anyone reading this, please listen to the ABC Kimberley Radio interviews with W.A. Environment Minister Bill Marmion, Paleontologist Dr Steve Salsbury and Ecologist Louise Beams via the link below:
Protection measures from Minister won’t go far: JPP
It must be part of every campaign, the ‘reach-out.’ Garnering new support, trying to expand networks so that the collective voice of opposition gets louder. I’ve never stood back from one of these ‘reach-out’ events and sensed whether it achieved its goal, whatever that may be… building awareness, spurring political action, raising money… I wonder if the promise of power and influence through collective action is realised and translated into the discourse of a campaign. Is there a surge of energy experienced by those who are already part of the collective? Or, does the network just grow even if members of it are not conscious of this? Does it even matter? I think it does, knowing that I am connected somehow does give me energy to continue being part of collective action. Then there must be all of those things that emerge from the ‘reach-out’ that were unanticipated. I’m not sure what they are either! We shall wait and see…