Showing posts with label western australia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label western australia. Show all posts

Monday, November 24, 2008

Ancient Ones

Please click on this old page to view image in full size.
Eyesoncountry was walking along a remote dirt track when this page fluttered around on the track ahead.Curious and always alert to the interconnectedness of things I picked it up and had a read.
What has it got to do with a Gas Hub one might ask but really we can draw so many parallels with this snippet of a story.
For those amongst us who do believe that the Songs of the Country are more than a careless custom, this page can hopefully give some comfort to our cause."You are not without allies even if you know them not".
And on a Global Outlook the "little life of Men is now endangered"(global warming crisis)and therefore the life of those things that many may believe are but "matters of legend" are also endangered.
This leads eyesoncountry to think about the ancient ones,seen or unseen, and how significant their health is to that of the planets.
Stay tuned as we delve into the deep over the next days as this blog brings you the most up to date research on our ancient allies the megaptera novaeangliae the Humpback Whales.

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?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Northern Development Taskforce meeting at Middle Lagoon.

Gail McGowan and Duncan Ord representing the Northern Development Taskforce met with community people and visitors at Middle Lagoon, on the Dampier Peninsula on Tuesday 11th November, 2008.

Marty Sibosado spoke about law, heritage, the KLC and about the need for informed decision making.

The video is about 10 minutes long and split into two parts.
Part 1

Middle Lagoon part 2

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Bob the Builder 2

Bob the Builder stands up
in absolute solidarity with the people,
he has been swayed.
Unlike the NDT people,
he understands NO.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


All around Australia with the same opinion


Here are some of our friends,

Beagle Bay Blockade 2

Discussing the fate of Beagle Bay.

All video on Hands off country is unedited.
Over time we will have each video transcribed. Further videos will become available of the other meetings held on the Dampier Peninsula this week. Downloading takes some time so thanks for your patience.

Beagle Bay Blockade 10th Nov 2008

Albert Wiggan on behalf of major stakeholders: Stolen Generation, Beagle Bay Community Residents, Leaseholders and residents greeted the Department of Indigenous Affairs representatives (standing under the tree beside the road) and Northern Development Taskforce representatives, Duncan Ord and Gail McGowan with a refusal to enter Beagle Bay.

Albert Wiggan: "We don't want to engage in any decision making process until we have generated our own governance."

The meeting then went on to talk about an understanding of how the community can be represented so that the people can be heard. Concerns about Western Australia's Premier Colin Barnett's public preference for North Head over the Northern Development Taskforce site evaluation process were also discussed.

This meeting at Beagle Bay went for a few hours, the video of just over 10 minutes has been split into 4 parts.

All video on Hands off country is unedited.
Over time we will have each video transcribed. Further videos will become available of the other meetings held on the Dampier Peninsula this week. Downloading takes some time so thanks for your patience.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Lombadina Welcoming Signs

Some of the welcoming signs to greet Northern Development Taskforce into Lombadina when they arrived to discuss the LNG gas hub proposal on the Kimberley coast.

The Tower Story

This Banner greeted Colin Barnett at North Head, when he flew over last weekend; it was mounted on the fence that surrounds a tower that was erected on North Point very recently.
Apparently,Traditional Owners clearance was given for it to be erected, however this land is not determined under Native Title. Leaseholders, Kevin & Mary Kitchener were never approached, consulted or informed about it.

They found out about it by chance, three days after it was assembled, after hearing talk that the local contractors employed to do this job had an accident. Their bull-bar detach from its holdings causing the car to roll several times when returning home from the site. Fortunately, no one was killed.

Mary Kitchener and her grand daughter speak about the recently constructed tower at North Head, one of the proposed gas hub sites and the importance of this country to their family.
Interviewer I’m standing next to Mary Kitchener, who is the traditional owner of North Head. Mary has requested that we do not show her face but she is more than willing to talk. Mary, tell me where your country is.

Mary Kitchener We were there for a long time now and. they put a tower up there with us not knowing

Interviewer When did they put this tower up

Mary Kitchener About 3 weeks ago or something..I think so

Interviewer Tell me Mary you heard that the premier Barnett has said that he prefers North Head for his gas plant. What’s your feelings about this?

Mary Kitchener We don’t want it there. Like our children want to go there and have picnics and outings out there.

Interviewer It’s your teaching ground as well as fishing ground, it’s everything for you isn’t it. I mean I don’t want to be putting words into your mouth Mary but how do you feel about this blockade today and locking the NDT out of Beagle Bay and out of country? Do you think it’s a good move?

Mary Kitchener Yeah, it’s all right…this is my granddaughter

Interviewer What is your name?

Jackie McKenzie Jackie McKenzie

Interviewer And Jackie I understand your Mary’s daughter?

Jackie McKenzie Granddaughter

Interviewer Would you like to say a few things about North Head and how they’re putting the gas out there

Jackie McKenzie Well I don’t want it done. That’s just it. Because we always go camping, fishing, always make good use of that land, we don’t have anything up there but that’s our land still and my grandmother out of anyone that I know makes good use of that land anytime she can..and it’s wrong what they did without them knowing building that tower
Interviewer I understand that the people who actually put that tower up had an accident – is that true?
Jackie McKenzie I’m not sure..oh yeah a couple of boys they did
Interviewer And how do you feel about the blockade today?
Jackie McKenzie It’s a good idea I think – only thing we can do..and like
everyone’s support like yours, and the media and everyone else, well that’s good.

Kevin George Speaking at NDT's meeting in Djarindjin Community

Interviewer Well Mr Kevin thankyou very much for agreeing to this interview. Kevin can you tell me what community you’re on and what’s
your feeling about the LNG gas plant proposed for the Kimberley Coast?

Kevin George Yeah look firstly I live at an outstation we refer to it as. It’s a country that I belong to I believe, not that it belongs to me it belongs to my grandparents from my grandfathers side and so there’s a whole heap of us that come from there. With that that gives me a sense of pride or ownership if you like that there’s some land anywhere that I could call my own. Wth that any development or proposal of development I believe firstly in my own heart is very wrong. Any disturbance there I feel that I’m getting one finger taken out as somebody digs in my country so that I think is the general perception of all our people that live here. By the way I’m a Bard person and that’s the feeling I get from all my people. With the gas proposal I cannot see any of our people really benefiting from it. It’s all about destruction of country, any development is destruction like I said and with that that’s all it will be for us. It’s change of lifestyle which we don’t want to scramble to if you like..We don’t want to change our lifestyle. We certainly want to have better food on the table, or different types of food and medication and power and all that..We believe we can get work elsewhere not from the work that’s promised that our people would be getting through this gas expedition..Now that’s just something that’s way off out of wack with what I think, very unfruitful very much words of lies if you like and for me country’s more important than any proposal or suggestion that might lead to me thinking – its all crap – that I would get a job at the end of it or my kids or my people.

Interviewer Kevin, KLC are not here today – what’s your impression of that?

Kevin George I’m bewildered in a sense. We, as you might have heard me say one time ago earlier on that KLC has got our full endorsement as our representative body on land issues. With that I haven’t been informed of why they’re not here. I’m sure they probably have a good reason but I would love to know why they’re not here so that’ll be my comment for now thanks.

Beagle Bay Blockade

The Northern Development Taskforce were barred from entering Beagle Bay and were told by people from Beagle Bay that major stakeholders: leaseholders, stolen generation and general community people have not been consulted or informed about a proposed gas hub on North Head.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Broome Shire Council to make decision on gas hub site.

The Shire of Broome has called a Special Council Meeting TOMORROW FRIDAY 7th November, 4.00pm, Council will make a resolution in relation to the Northern Development Taskforce Site Evaluation report on sites for a gas hub on the Kimberley coast, particularly as three of the sites are within the Shire of Broome.

Redhand urges everyone to consider the staff recommendation to Council.
Go to

If you wish to comment you can email all of the Councillors go to for email details or attend the meeting at the Shire Administration building in Weld Street, Broome. Anyone in the Public Gallery can ask a question during Public Question Time, you might like to email your questions prior to the meeting to