Protect the Burrup

by Winiata Puru

On the 21st of October, activists from Sydney, Mittagong and Canberra gathered outside Tanya Plibersek’s (Federal Minister for the Environment) office.

photo Via save our songlines on facebook

We gathered to represent Aunty Josie from the Burrup Peninsula, to protest the Perdaman Fertiliser and Woodside companies which threaten the erosion of the Murujuga rock art aged over 50,000 years old—older than the pyramids! Over a million artifacts are still visible after all these years, depicting no doubt many animals, fish and birds that are now extinct. It is so important to protect this rock art.

Rock art in the burrup—Image Source

A letter was given to the minister outlining our opposition to this ecocide.

The 22nd of October was the Reunion to Save Mount Nardi 40 years ago, when the then-premier of NSW, Neville Wran, declared the first rainforest in NSW to be saved.

images from the 1989 mount nardi protests – source

The gathering was held at the Nimbin Town Hall and was a full house entertained by stories of the protest followed by many musicians and locals that travel the world inspired by our victory in the 80’s and promoting the value of nonviolence and the sensitive and fragile future of forests.

Winiata is a long-time activist, musician and Co-op volunteer.