Burial plot thick­ens

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

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.

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