Protester ‘one with nature’
NEVILLE Kirk had just four and a half hours of sleep in the two nights he spent up a tree in Kenwick as part of a protest against development adjacent to the Brixton Street Wetlands.
But the 31-year-old said despite the lack of sleep he enjoyed the serenity of the neighbouring wetlands.
“It’s nice and peaceful up here. I’m one with nature. The side I’m looking at is the side I’m protecting,” he said.
Mr Kirk climbed the tree on October 7 as part of the Save the Great Brixton Wetlands movement protesting the Linc Property development across from the wetlands.
Mr Kirk was supported by his family, who sat at the foot of the tree and pitched tents. His mother Caroline Kirk described the group as “protectors, not protesters”.
“This is what our calling is, to stand and protect Aboriginal land,” she said.
“We’re going to stand as much as we can with him and be as strong as we can with him to support him, to make sure he’s safe and he’s feeling good.”
Her son had a simple message for the State Government – come and have a chat.
“If any of the ministers want to come down and talk to me, they’re free to do so,” he said.
“I want to talk to them, get them to tell their side of the story and I’ll tell mine.”
The Save the Great Brixton Wetlands group believes the Linc Property development’s drainage system, which has been approved by the City of Gosnells, will ruin the wetlands’ hydrology.
Linc Property previously told Canning Times it was wary of impacting the wetlands.