WGAR News: Aboriginal Cultural Heritage under attack: The Wire

Newsletter date: 4 December 2013

Contents:

* The Wire: Aboriginal Cultural Heritage under attack [Featuring Steven Talbott, spokesperson for the Gomeroi Elders of Gunnedah]
* Tracker: Community members protest NSW C&H laws

* Stop Pilliga Coal Seam Gas

* Audioboo: Audio: Long awaited Aboriginal Heritage Bill disappoints [Featuring Legal officer for the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, Michael Mansell]
* Linda Seaborn, Green Left: Tasmanian Aboriginal community vow to fight heritage protection bill

* Let's Talk's Tiga Bayles interviews Cameron Costello from Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation about sand mining on Stradbroke Island

* THE WIRE: ABORIGINAL CULTURAL HERITAGE UNDER ATTACK [FEATURING STEVEN TALBOTT, SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GOMEROI ELDERS OF GUNNEDAH]

- Audio Interview

The Wire: Aboriginal Cultural Heritage under attack
Produced by Jordan Rush
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=11100
28 Nov 13: "The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act was originally introduced to protect cultural sites on Aboriginal land but a new round of community consultations is taking place to discuss amendments to the Act. Aboriginal elders are claiming to have been shut out of these consultations, which are designed to erode the control traditional owners have over their lands. A rally held in Sydney this week to launch ‘Culture Rides’ is start of a national campaign against these new consultations, designed to put pressure on governments and raise awareness in the wider community.
Featured in story: Steven Talbott, spokesperson for the Gomeroi Elders of Gunnedah"

* TRACKER: COMMUNITY MEMBERS PROTEST NSW C&H LAWS

- News

newsTracker: Community members protest NSW C&H laws
http://tracker.org.au/2013/11/community-members-protest-nsw-ch-laws/
29 Nov 13: "NEW SOUTH WALES: Aboriginal elders and community members have descended on state parliament to protest against cultural heritage reforms they say will open the door to corruption. About 40 people, many from regional communities, marched from Hyde Park to Parliament House in Sydney on Thursday to call on the government to scrap its controversial model to enact standalone Aboriginal culture and heritage legislation. ... Gomeroi woman Dolly Talbott said the proposed reforms gave too much power to too few people." By Tracker

* STOP PILLIGA COAL SEAM GAS

- Campaign

Stop Pilliga Coal Seam Gas
http://www.stoppilligacoalseamgas.com.au/?p=1782
"You’re invited to join the Pilliga Cultural Heritage Community Camp, which will be holding a cultural workshop over the coming weeks. The Gomeroi (Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay) people along with the local community are welcoming people to become Pilliga Protectors and to participate the community camp in the Pilliga Forest. Camp activities will include Kamilaroi language classes, learning about the unique plant and animals of the Pilliga, soils of the Liverpool Plains, and protecting the forest and Great Artesian Basin. The local community is standing up to say ‘Stop it’, ‘Wanagidjay’ to any destruction in the Pilliga."

* AUDIOBOO: AUDIO: LONG AWAITED ABORIGINAL HERITAGE BILL DISAPPOINTS [FEATURING LEGAL OFFICER FOR THE TASMANIAN ABORIGINAL CENTER, MICHAEL MANSELL]

- Audio Interview

Audioboo: Audio: Long awaited Aboriginal Heritage Bill disappoints
ABC Tasmania: http://blogs.abc.net.au/tasmania/2013/10/new-aboriginal-advisory-.html
Audioboo: https://audioboo.fm/boos/1722982-audio-long-awaited-aboriginal-heritage-...
18 Oct 13: "Damien Brown ABC Hobart ... To tell us more about the Bill, Damien Brown spoke to Legal officer for the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, Michael Mansell."
"Michael told Damien that the Bill is "a shock and a disappointment because we have been waiting now 18 years since the Liberal government talked to us in 1995 and said look, we're going to have to give you a new Aboriginal Heritage legislation that's equivalent of the European heritage leg so it'll be an independent body that will protect Aboriginal heritage and even Governments will have to get permission and so on. ... The biggest threat to Aboriginal heritage in Tasmania is from the Government, not the public...""

* LINDA SEABORN, GREEN LEFT: TASMANIAN ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY VOW TO FIGHT HERITAGE PROTECTION BILL

- News

Green Left: Tasmanian Aboriginal community vow to fight heritage protection bill
https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/55370
16 Nov 13: "The Tasmanian Aboriginal community and its supporters were outraged over the Aboriginal Heritage Protection Bill that was rushed through the lower house on November 13. ... This bill is intended to replace the outdated and racist Aboriginal Relics Act. Unfortunately, it maintains some of the worst aspects of the Relics Act. It devolves decision-making power to the minister rather than an Aboriginal body. This means that the government, which is the largest developer in the state, ultimately determines whether Aboriginal heritage is destroyed for a development to proceed." By GLW author Linda Seaborn, Hobart

* LET'S TALK'S TIGA BAYLES INTERVIEWS CAMERON COSTELLO FROM QUANDAMOOKA YOOLOOBURRABEE ABORIGINAL CORPORATION ABOUT SAND MINING ON STRADBROKE ISLAND

- Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Let's Talk - Cameron Costello
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
28 Nov 13: "Cameron Costello from Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation speaking about the sand mining on Stradbroke Island"
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/cameron-costello/

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