Burial plot thickens
A LOVE for the country and nature at Salt Box on China Camp near Wujal Wujal has led one man to write a letter requesting his own burial on the land.
Louie, who originates from Hungary, first came to Salt Box in 1978 and lived on a homestead while mining for gold and later returned and has spent the last 20 years teaching his family his love for the land.
The Burungu Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) who manage the land have given permission for Louie to be buried on their holdings and director Colin “CJ” Fischer said his mother would have accepted his request.
“He was a prospector, a gold miner who loves the country and raised all the kids up here on the land so people love the land like that - mum (passed elder Polly Fischer) had a lot of respect for that,” she said.
“Because we can relate to that in what this country and land does for everyone, we have got that connection to it, it’s very strong.
“We adopted one of his sons into the community, so they are kind of like family now because they live in the area, we all respect the old guy, he is larger than life and not going slowly.”
Cairns Regional Council accepted the request for Louie’s burial at Salt Box, where he built his home, only if he received approval from the land trust owners.
It is on the Jabalbina Yalanji land trust and after a meeting, the Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation (JYAC) refused his request.
Land managed by the BAC is part of the Jabalbina Yalanji land trust but it has been leased on a 99-year grazing lease and Louie’s preferred location of burial at the Salt Box was outside of this lease.
A JYAC spokesperson told the Gazette Louie does not have tenancy rights and has basically been squatting for 30 years but will allow his ashes to be scattered on the land or for him to be buried on BAC’S lease.
The decision is up to Louie now if he wants his ashes to be scattered on the land he has called home for the past three decades, or if he is to be buried on the land in a different area. A COMMUNITY garden has struck a chord with Port Douglas’s top musicians and they have donated their time to produce a CD to raise funds for the vegetable garden in Mowbray Street.
One of the chief organisers of bringing the musicians together Kevin “K-star” Eldridge, with the help of producer Larry Cash, said the CDS arrive tomorrow just in time for Christmas.
“The music created by people such as Frank Frikker, Kim Hurley, Clancy and others have put down 11 tracks that is best described as easy-listening music,” K-star said.
“It is very uplifting music and has a number of native sounds and is very easy on the ear and everyone is sure to like it.”
The community garden project has involved a number of people during the past four years with the Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre’s Tanya Morris a driving force behind getting the project up and running.
“We are getting closer
to making this garden a reality and the council only signed off on it recently and it should bear fruit in the New Year,” K-star said.
“We are also grateful to the Mayor’s discretionary fund for giving us funding to allow us to produce the CD with minimal cost and with the musicians donating their time we have been able to keep the costs down and will be able to sell the CDS for just $10.”
To order your copy of the CD which can be delivered before Christmas call K-star on 0434 372 040.
Rock on: K-star entertains the Cubby House kids