Com­mu­nity con­cern over mine ac­tiv­ity

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Tari Jef­fers

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.

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