Protect Sacred Sites. No Gas : No Pipelines : No Mining
Coinciding with the Global Frackdown, on October 11th Borroloola Elders will be protesting to protect the land and waters from fracking. The action will be followed a week later by protests opposing offshore oil& gas exploration in the Arnhem region.
Borroloola Elders will lead a protest action to protect lands, waters, and sacred sites from destruction from mining, shale gas and pipelines on October 11 to coincide with the Global Frackdown event opposing all forms of unconventional gas extraction. Community actions opposing fracking will also take place in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs on the day.
Borroloola clan groups are concerned that the McArthur River has been poisoned with lead and zinc from the McArthur River Mine and that waste rock is on fire, poisoning the air and creating acidic runoff from the mine site. The action has been called to protect what healthy country is left for all communities in the region.
“We don’t want it being destroyed by the Government or the mining companies, you know poison coming in from everywhere. And you can see it happening really fast. It's time for Aboriginal people to stand up for our rights” Elder Jack Green
‘Jungku Ngambala Ngarrur Ngarrumba Yarkijina Yurrngumba’
‘We all sit peacefully in our lands forever’ Elder Nancy McDinny
“Join us and be part of this ancient fight to keep the land healthy for all of our children, black and white, in unity with the four clans” Gadrian Hoosan (Karrwa Custodian)
Elders from the four clan groups of Borroloola will meet at 8am, October 11 at the Markirra (White Ochre) Kangaroo Dreaming – one of the many threatened sites along the Carpentaria Highway just east of Borroloola. The community will hold a protest march to town and then celebrate culture in the evening at Sandridge Outstation with the release of a gasfield-free community song and concert.
The action will be followed by a protest at Maningrida on October 18 at the Leura Festival opposing offshore oil and gas exploration in the Arnhem region.
More about the Global Frackdown event here: http://www.globalfrackdown.org/
By Indigenous Peoples for Indigenous Peoples