POLICE divers have located the body of the woman believed drowned after being swept over the Roaring Meg Falls, while Traditional Owners have called on the government to better manage the sacred site.
Last Sunday just after midday, a 41-year-old northern beaches woman, who originated from Germany, was last seen being carried over the falls after slipping on the rocks at the top of the 30 m drop.
The woman and a male friend, 44, also from the northern beaches, took the popular CREB Track Road to visit the falls, near Wujal Wujal, on their way back to Cairns from a camping trip
Police divers from Brisbane located the body, believed to be possibly that of the woman, just after 4pm on Tuesday and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
This is not the first time someone has died from being swept over the Roaring Meg Falls and Traditional Owner for the Kija area (China Camp) Linda Burchill said more needs to be done to manage the site.
‘‘It is sacred to us in a biblical sense, that’s where everything was created, we call it the creation story,’’ Ms Burchill said.
‘‘We worked with National Parks and other government organisations and we tried several times to protect the area and we told them why. The area itself is divided into men’s business and women’s business and the landscape of the falls itself is supposed to be managed by the women, according to our beliefs.
‘‘It’s the women who speak more for that area in the community.’’
Ms Burchill said female traditional owners need to come together with the relevant government departments to tell them how it should be managed.
‘‘Women are trying to stop that (the drownings) and voice how they would like to see it managed for safety according to our laws as well as your laws, we want something solid put in place but we haven’t been able to get together,’’ she said.
‘‘ The state government has been working Burungu on a ground level but haven’t been talking with the women to hear our voice, they are satisfying themselves and this is why these things are happening. It’s going against the willpower of women who want to protect the area.
‘‘This is another reminder for the government to work together with us to manage that place and get a better understanding of the area.’’
Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Land Trust are holding an AGM this Saturday at the Mossman Shire hall from 10am and all Jabalbina members from all different clan groups within Yalanji are encouraged to attend the meeting, and a women’s gathering is being organised.