Storm over desert lake boats

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

THE com­modore of the Lake Eyre Yacht Club wants fel­low yachties to defy a ban on sail­ing on the nor­mally dry desert lake in South Aus­tralia.

Na­tional Parks has halted sail­ing on Lake Eyre un­til per­mis­sion can be ob­tained from the lake’s na­tive ti­tle claimants, the Arabunna peo­ple. Com­modore Bob Back­way wants boaters to sail on the lake, filled by re­cent flood­wa­ters, and risk fines in protest.

The Arabunna peo­ple’s Aaron Stu­art said Mr Back­way was a mo­ron and the lake was spir­i­tu­ally im­por­tant to the Arabunna peo­ple.

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