WGAR News: Protect Arnhem Land Campaign: Respect and Listen [Northern Territory - NT, Australia]

Newsletter date: 25 July 2013

Contents:

* Respect and Listen: Protect Arnhem Land Campaign
* Respect and Listen: Protect Arnhem Land - Sydney 18 & 19 July 2013 Event Compilation
* Protect Arnhem Land community group: Traditional owners accost oil company offices [19 July 2013]
* Respect and Listen, Vimeo: Celebrate the Kimberley - Protect Arnhem Land [18 July 2013]
* Green Left TV, YouTube: Protect Arnhem land! [Sydney 19 July 2013]
* Respect and Listen, Vimeo: Protect Arnhem Land - Protest Action at Paltar HQ, Sydney [Uncut version, 19 July 2013]
* Ryan Liddle, NITV News: Traditional owners protest off-shore drilling plans [19 July 2013]
* ABC 7pm TV News NT: Traditional owners decry Arnhem Land fracking plan [19 July 2013]
* ABC Radio National - Breakfast: New landmark fight over offshore mining in Arnhem Land [19 July 2013]
* Jim McIlroy, Green Left: Arnhem Land people 'don't want fracking' [19 July 2013]
* Facebook: Protect Arnhem Land

See:

WGAR News: Background to the Protect Arnhem Land Campaign, Northern Territory (NT), Australia (28 Jul 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/28/wgar-news-background-to-the-protect-a...

WGAR News: Arnhem Land Traditional Owners call for an end to fracking: The Stringer (22 March 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/03/22/wgar-news-arnhem-land-traditional-own...

* RESPECT AND LISTEN: PROTECT ARNHEM LAND CAMPAIGN

- Campaign

Respect and Listen: Protect Arnhem Land
http://www.respectandlisten.org/arnhem-land/protect-arnhem-land.html
"PROTECT ARNHEM LAND is a campaign to fight offshore exploration, mining and drilling around the ENTIRE COASTLINE OF AUSTRALIAS NORTHERN TERRITORY ARNHEM LAND REGION."

* RESPECT AND LISTEN: PROTECT ARNHEM LAND - SYDNEY 18 & 19 JULY 2013 EVENT COMPILATION

- Event Compilation

Respect and Listen: Protect Arnhem Land: Sydney 2013
http://www.respectandlisten.org/arnhem-land/protect-arnhem-land/sydney-2...
"18 and 19 July 2013: ...
Arnhem Land Traditional Owners in Sydney - July 17-19th
Protest Action at Paltar HQ 12pm July 19 + Kimberley Celebration Presentation"
"5 Amazing Traditional Owners from Arnhem Land are coming to Sydney to raise awareness and garner support on their mission to stop Paltar Petroleum from drilling in their sea country, just off the coast of the Northern Territory. We’re lucky to have them at speak at the Kimberley celebration on the 18th, and then on the Friday afterwards, we’ll be gathering outside Paltar HQ in Martin Place sending the message that the Wilderness Society supports the TOs, rejects Paltar’s attempts to drill offshore and get media attention on the issue."

The following link includes event details, related articles, photos, videos, and audio: http://www.respectandlisten.org/arnhem-land/protect-arnhem-land/sydney-2...

* PROTECT ARNHEM LAND COMMUNITY GROUP: TRADITIONAL OWNERS ACCOST OIL COMPANY OFFICES [19 JULY 2013]

- Statement

Traditional owners accost oil company offices
Green Left: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54569
AMCS: http://www.marineconservation.org.au/news.php/97/protect-arnhem-land-env...
20 Jul 13: "This statement was released on July 19 by the Protect Arnhem Land community group, based in Maningrida, Northern Territory; The Wilderness Society; the Environment Centre NT; and the Australian Marine Conservation Society. ***
Arnhem Land traditional owners have forced US oil and gas company Paltar to meet with them by travelling to the firm’s Australian headquarters in Sydney.
Paltar had steadfastly refused to talk to the traditional owners about its near-shore drilling plans that threaten their food, water and culture.
The firm then agreed to a meeting only after the traditional owners said they were coming to Sydney. After media inquiries about the Sydney visit, the company then issued a press statement saying they would consult with traditional owners.
The traditional owners asked Paltar to be good corporate citizens and withdraw the permit applications.
The traditional owners are putting together a bark petition to oppose the drilling - just as Arnhem Land traditional owners from Yirrkala did 50 years ago to oppose a mining development and start the land rights movement. ... "

* RESPECT AND LISTEN, VIMEO: CELEBRATE THE KIMBERLEY - PROTECT ARNHEM LAND [18 JULY 2013]

- Video

Respect and Listen, Vimeo: Celebrate the Kimberley - Protect Arnhem Land
http://vimeo.com/70781129
23 Jul 13: "Hear from Traditional Owners from Arnhem Land which came to Sydney to raise awareness and garner support on their mission to stop Paltar Petroleum from drilling in their sea country, just off the coast of the Northern Territory. ... This video shows a part of the event "Celebrate the Kimberley" - July 18th, 6.30pm @ GT Hotel (Previously the Gaelic Club), Sydney. Organised by the Wilderness society ... The travel of the traditional owners was made possible with assistance of the The Wilderness Society and Australian Martine Conservation Society.
Speaker: Eddie Mason and Mrs. Eather"

* GREEN LEFT TV, YOUTUBE: PROTECT ARNHEM LAND! [SYDNEY 19 JULY 2013]

- Video

Green Left TV, YouTube: Protect Arnhem land!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QV3LQT5vglU
"Senior Eddie Mason from Maningrida: "We came all the way from Arnhem land to tell this Palter Petroleum that we don't want oil and gas mining in our land... We are protecting it for the new generation. You are welcome to visit our country but not to destroy it." July 19, outside Palter Petroleum offices, Martin Place, Sydney."

* RESPECT AND LISTEN, VIMEO: PROTECT ARNHEM LAND - PROTEST ACTION AT PALTAR HQ, SYDNEY [UNCUT VERSION, 19 JULY 2013]

- Video

Respect and Listen, Vimeo: Protect Arnhem Land - Protest Action at Paltar HQ, Sydney
http://vimeo.com/70858809
24 Jul 13: "Five traditional owners traveled from Maningrida to Sydney and held a public event in Martin Place outside the offices of Paltar Petroleum at midday on Friday 19 July. They raised awareness and garner support on their mission to stop Paltar Petroleum from drilling in their sea country, just off the coast of the Northern Territory. ...
Speaker: Eddie Mason (Traditional Owner), Gavan McFadzean (Wilderness Society), Stuart Blanch (Environment Centre NT) and Mrs. Eather (Traditional Owner).
The travel of the traditional owners was made possible with assistance of the The Wilderness Society and Australian Martine Conservation Society."

* RYAN LIDDLE, NITV NEWS: TRADITIONAL OWNERS PROTEST OFF-SHORE DRILLING PLANS

- Video

SBS World News: Traditional owners protest off-shore drilling plans
Source: Ryan Liddle, NITV News
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1790772/Traditional-owners-protest-of...
19 Jul 13: "Traditional owners from the far north-east of the Northern Territory have travelled to Sydney to confront an American Gas company over off-shore drilling plans. Local traditional owner groups have travelled from Maningrida to Sydney to meet representatives of Paltar Petroleum to express their concerns over off-shore drilling plans. "If you come and drill in my country...I will, lose my identity, I will be a nobody," says traditional owner Eddie Mason. "With what I got at home, that gives me identification, that gives me, to be somebody. But if the oil comes in, you will destroy everything that I believe in.""

* ABC 7PM TV NEWS NT: TRADITIONAL OWNERS DECRY ARNHEM LAND FRACKING PLAN

- Video

ABC News: Traditional owners decry Arnhem Land fracking plan
Source: 7pm TV News NT
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-19/traditional-owners-decry-arnhem-la...
19 Jul 13: "Traditional owners from Arnhem Land have travelled south to protest against plans to explore for gas and oil on their country. Jane Bardon"

* ABC RADIO NATIONAL - BREAKFAST: NEW LANDMARK FIGHT OVER OFFSHORE MINING IN ARNHEM LAND

- Audio

ABC Radio National - Breakfast: New landmark fight over offshore mining in Arnhem Land
Presented by Fran Kelly
Reporter, Gregg Borschmann, Environment Editor
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/new-landmark-figh...
19 Jul 13: "Fifty years after the Yirrkala bark petition in the Top End of the Northern Territory started the land rights movement, Traditional Owners from Arnhem Land have started another landmark fight over mining, this time challenging a string of offshore petroleum permits applications along the Arnhem Land coast.
Guests:
* Eddie Mason, Senior traditional owner for saltwater country between Maningrida and Ramingining in north Arnhem Land.
* Alice Eather, Teacher in Maningrida from the Kunibidji clan of the Dukurrji people"

- Related Audio

National Indigenous Radio Service: Protest against Arnhem Land gas exploration
http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29604/Protest-against-Arnhem-La...
19 Jul 13: "By Warren Barnsley: A protest is being held in Sydney today against the threat of oil and gas exploration on West Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. Five traditional owners have made the trip down and are rallying outside the offices of exploration company Paltar Petroleum."

* JIM MCILLROY, GREEN LEFT: ARNHEM LAND PEOPLE 'DON'T WANT FRACKING'

- Analysis / Opinion

Green Left: Arnhem Land people 'don't want fracking'
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54566
20 Jul 13: ""We don't want oil or gas mining in our country," Aboriginal traditional owner Eddie Mason, based in Maningrida, a community in eastern Arnhem Land, told a rally in Sydney on July 19. "We are protecting our land and sea rights." About 100 people rallied with visiting Arnhem Land residents outside the offices of US-based oil exploration company Paltar Petroleum. "We are saying no to Paltar," Mason said. "We don't want exploration destroying our land and waters. You are welcome to visit our country, but don't destroy it. ... "" By Jim McIlroy, GLW author

- Related News

Green Left: Traditional owners bringing gas protest to Sydney
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54497
13 Jul 13: "Aboriginal traditional owners and the Protect Arnhem Land community campaign, based in the town of Maningrida, Northern Territory, 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 are holding a public protest in Martin Place outside the offices of exploration company Paltar Petroleum. The Environment Centre NT said: "Arnhem Land is under threat from fossil fuel companies and need your help. ... " By Jim McIlroy, GLW author

The Australian: Aboriginal-green link to fight gas projects
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/aboriginal-g...
19 Jul 13: "ENVIRONMENTAL groups are seeking to capitalise on the beauty of Arnhem Land and the plight of its indigenous people to build support for campaigns against resource development and a northern food bowl. But the Northern Territory government has accused them of trying to stir up community anger in a bid to block development." Amos Aikman

* FACEBOOK: PROTECT ARNHEM LAND

- Updates

Facebook: Protect Arnhem Land
https://www.facebook.com/ProtectArnhemLandNT
https://www.facebook.com/ProtectArnhemLandNT/info
"About: PROTECT ARNHEM LAND is a campaign to fight offshore exploration, mining and drilling around the ENTIRE COASTLINE OF AUSTRALIAS NORTHERN TERRITORY ARNHEM LAND REGION.
Description: Arnhem Land is a sacred area in the most northern region of the Australian Northern Territory. It is home to the oldest living culture of Indigenous peoples existing on the Planet today. The last remaining existence of this ancient, traditional culture and it's practises is under threat. ... "

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