Traditional Owners and the Protect Arnhem Land community campaign (based in Maningrida) are seeking the assistance of environment groups and Indigenous networks in Sydney to help raise awareness of the threat to Arnhem Land from oil and gas exploration.
Five traditional owners are travelling from Maningrida to Sydney in mid July and will hold a public event in Martin Place outside the offices of Paltar Petroleum at midday on Friday 19 July.
Arnhem Land is under threat from fossil fuel companies and need your help. 90% of the land and all the nearshore waters are being targeted for exploration. These are some of the most ecologically uintact areas left in Australia, and the ancestral lands of thousands of Indigenous Territorians.
The traditional owners have requested help from your respective networks to attend the public event, listen to speeches from Eddie Mason and Alice Eather, enjoy customary dance and music about their sea country and dreaming places (performed by two members of the Diama Group from Maningrida), and paint their hands blue in show of support of Protect Arnhem Land community campaign – see https://www.facebook.com/ProtectArnhemLandNT?fref=ts
The Wilderness Society and Australian Martine Conservation Society are generously assisting in supporting the travel costs of the traditional owners. Thanks!!
The Wilderness Society is also very generously organising the public event, and will be handling all things media wise.
If you are able to assist in helping mobilise your members, supporters and networks to attend and participate in the event on 19 July that would be GREAT. Please contact Kaine Johnson in TWS Sydney (CCed) or Gav McFadzean (CCed) for details.
I will be on leave from tomorrow lunch till 15 July.
Stuart Blanch | Director
GPO Box 2120, Darwin NT 0801 | Unit 3/98 Woods Street, Darwin Northern Territory - Australia