Friday, November 21, 2008

'By Order of the Broome Shire Clerk'

'By Order of the Broome Shire Clerk', for more than twenty years, there have been signs plastered all along the Dampier Peninsular encouraging and informing locals and visitors alike to.

Shoot only cameras
Take only Memories
Leave only footprints

The majority of people who have visited the Dampier Peninsular have understood, respected, protected and implemented these conservation initiatives over the years. There are also signs thanking all of us helping the Shire keep the country clean.

Colin Barnett and Carol Martin are openly and publicly inviting the development of a Gas Processing Hub within Dampier Peninsular that will:

Shoot Indigenous Human Rights back forty years
Take everything and more
Leave huge scares from environmental disasters

Therefore, Red hand queries, what will be the new “Orders of the Broome Shire Clerk” for the Dampier Peninsular?

1 comment:

  1. I have enclosed an interesting address given by the Executive Director of KLC.It is interesting to note that the speaker talks of "his dreaming" and "his country" and how the land needs to be protected for future generations.
    the speaker has been most supportive of damaging country from the West side of the Dampier Peninsula and has had a very close working relationship with some of the LNG proponents I think that the statment below leans towards hypocricy.especially when one considers the vast dmamge to county,bio diversity and all the cultural impacts

    Keynote Address, Wayne Bergman, Executive Director, Kimberley Land Council
    "I would like to start by explaining a little about my personal experiences and beliefs.
    As a Nyikina man I have been told the Dreamtime story of the Fitzroy River. We believe, when the world was soft, a man called Wunyumbu was fishing in a billabong called Mijirayikan (past Liveringa). He used a special poisonous tree called Majarla to poison the fish to feed his family. While poisoning the fish a huge serpent rose up, and Wunyumbu speared the serpent and jumped on its back. He rode on the serpent, traveling to Fitzroy Crossing, creating the Fitzroy River system of plants and animals as he went. All things grow from this creation of the river. This is the foundation of our identity.
    The Fitzroy River is a part of us and we are a part of the Fitzroy.
    If we look after the Fitzroy, it will look after us. For me this Roundtable is about the future of the Raparapa, the Fitzroy River. It is time for us to show our responsibility and look after it for our kids and their kids - all people, black and white.
    This spiritual connection to the river and our land can be difficult for non-Aboriginal people to understand. For over 40 000 years our people have been connected to this river, in ceremony and life and death. It has given us food to eat, water to drink, it is part of our spiritual beliefs. It makes us strong. Our grandparents and their grandparents for thousands of years were born, lived and died along this river.
    This Fitzroy River is mighty and powerful, we have to treat it with respect. We have a responsibility as Aboriginal people to do what is right to ensure its values are protected for the future generations.
    The law of this river has been passed from generation to generation for 10’s of thousands of years. We must make sure that the Fitzroy River flows freely and is not interfered with or blocked. All the plants, animals, and people depend on this river, and not just people who live along the river but also coastal communities. The river is central to our ecosystem and to our lives"
    Please go to the following link for further reading

    True blue and really caring for Country
    All the best