Community concern over mine activity
Indigenous custodians of Yoondadadup country hosted other community members at Lake Jasper in response to concerns about mining applications in the area.
There are five applications across the Scott Coastal Plain from Yoondadadup Lake Jasper in the east and Beenup in the west.
The group included members of the D’Entrecasteaux Coalition, with representatives from Albany, Denmark, Bridgetown, Pemberton, Margaret River, Nannup and Northcliffe.
The event hosts, including Elder Wayne Webb, explained the land’s sacredness, heritage, environmental richness and natural beauty.
Mr Webb explained that Yoondadadup is the creation place of the Pibulmun Nation and that his maat-family had continuous connection to the country.
“Pibulmun Wadandi Elders and cultural custodians and other neighbouring clans of Aboriginal people are deeply disturbed that their cultural beliefs and traditions could be severely impacted upon by any mining activity,” he said.
Local eco-tourism operator and coalition member Andy Russell asked why the State Government has exposed Yoondadadup Lake Jasper area and the Scott Coastal Plain to the potential for extreme industrialisation.
“Any disturbance to the lake, its wetland system and surrounds will destroy important indigenous cultural sites, recreational values, as well as threaten a very important conservation area,” he said.
“This site is sacred to all West Australians.
“It’s our largest natural freshwater lake in the South West and deserves to be preserved and not destroyed.”
The eight environmental groups that make up the coalition agreed to petition and lobby to save the area from mining.
Contact Mr Russell on 9776 1559 for more information.