Tra­di­tional owner speaks out

Pilbara News - - Opinion -

I write re­gard­ing “Pas­toral­ists fed up” (Pil­bara News, 5/8).

I write as a recog­nised tra­di­tional owner.

Our peo­ple won our rights to hunt and col­lect flora for our bush medicines.

Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple were the back­bone of the pas­toral in­dus­try, yet to­day pas­toral peo­ple treat us with ill con­tempt.

Yes, your pas­toral lease prop­er­ties are locked up.

Our tribes shared wa­ter­ways, to­day the pas­toral peo­ple can­not even share the wa­ter­ways un­der the bridges along the high­way; tourists would also like to stop over and en­joy the Pil­bara.

By all means fence your prop­erty but do it well way from trav­ellers where wa­ter­ways are, so we can ac­cess wa­ter too, to re­fresh, drink, make soak, ac­cess clean fresh wa­ter.

Don’t tar­nish us with the same brush; I love and re­spect my area, the Pil­bara. May Byrne, Tom Price

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