Traditional owner speaks out
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