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Kokatha Mula : Enough is Enough

on March 23, 2008

STOP MINING
OUR SACRED SITES,
OUR MOTHERLAND

by KOKATHA MULA NATION FAR WEST DIVISION

It is time to look at the list of injustices committed upon the Kokatha Mula people from the time of colonisation, which includes the separation of our families and the British atomic testing north of the Kokatha Mula peoples’ region.

Having survived through all this disruption to our cultural ways, we are now required to prove our connection to country through the Native Title system …

We want the Australian government to prove their connection to this land, and then we shall compare the two. This government fails to see how insulting and disempowering this demand is.

It is encouraging division amongst our communities and the government is using once again divide and rule tactics to destroy the unity of the people they are taking from.

It is part of a system that is not of this land, but it is used to generate money and feed an industry that benefits only the few.

At present our country is under greater threat than ever, with exploration leases having been granted over the Yellabinna, Yumbarra and Pureba regions with the extensive vision of sand and heavy mineral mining, north of Ceduna in South Australia.

There is also the horror of the Olympic Dam uranium mine at Roxby Downs, which has been in operation for over twenty years and is now at the dawn of a new expansion.

We object these and other developments, because there is no trade of land for money in our law and culture, and there is no compensation for a broken heart. Mining and exploitation of the natural gifts of the land, threatens our very existence.

We will stand and fight until truth and justice is up-held for the Kokatha Mula people, land and culture.

We are the caretakers. We take this stand not solely by choice, but because we have a responsibility to our ancestors, and to the future generations to come, for all people.


BACKGROUND:

In far West SA, in the land of the Kokatha Mula Nation Far West Division, 16 companies have exploration leases over Yellabinna Regional Reserve and the Yumbarra and Pureba Conservation Parks.

Much of the exploration is occurring because the SA state government broke is 2002 election promise to ban mining in the region.

  • Companies involved include Red Metal, Adelaide Resources and the most active of all : LLuka Resources..
  • LLuka predominately wants to mine Zircon (uses include ceramics, makeup and is vital in nuclear power plants) and Titanium (uses include sunscreen, toothpaste and military hardware).
  • Mining threatens Sacred Sites & ecosystems and requires massive amounts of water.

Areas once rich in wild game, bushfoods and bush medicine have been altered by roadwork, sample drilling and other exploration activities.

Companies argue that exploration and mining will only have a minimal impact and restoration is possible.

However, Kokatha Mula have already witnessed impacts at this early stage.

The big worry is that further impacts may not only restrict their access to foods, medicine and places of cultural importance, but limit their ability to share their culture and most importantly, to educate their children.

The area is 4,000,000ha and contains rolling sand dunes, clay pans, granite outcrops, water rockholes and is the largest stretch of intact mallee forest in the world. It is valuable habitat for endangered, rare and threatened flora and fauna. Species at risk include the Mallee Fowl, the Kularr, Hairy footed Dunnart, Scarlet Chested Parrot, Pimpin Mallee, Sandlewood tree, Long-scaped Isotome and most likely the Miniature Marsipial Mole.

WE HAVE BEEN CAMPAIGNING FOR PROTECTION OF THIS REGION FOR MANY YEARS, SHORT TERM PROFITS FROM MINING WILL NEVER OUTWEIGH THE NATURAL AND CULTURAL VALUES OF THIS LAND, AND WHAT IT MEANS TO OUR PEOPLE.

OUR MESSAGE TO THE STATE GOVERNMENT AND ANY MINING COMPANIES IS

‘MUNDA YUMADOO ILIGA’

WHICH MEANS

‘LEAVE THE LAND AS IT IS’

Marcina Coleman Richards and Sue Coleman Haseldine.


QUOTES:”THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE ROCKHOLES ARE INDIVIDUAL YET INTERRELATED.
YOU CAN’T HAVE SOME WITHOUT THE OTHERS.”

Sue Coleman Haseldine.

”WE WANT TO KEEP THE LAND AND ROCKHOLES THE WAY IT IS.
FOR THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR FAMILY AND CULTURE.”

Marcina Coleman Richards, Senior Kokatha Mula Woman.

“WE DON’T WANT BROKEN PROMISES, WE NEED ACTION.”

Bronwyn Coleman Sleep.

“THE LAND HOLDS CULTURE AND LAW FOR THE KOKATHA MULA PEOPLE.
WE DO NOT WANT IT TO BE BROKEN.”

Simon Prideaux.

“THIS IS THE LAST INLAND AREA WHERE CAN TEACH OUR CHILDREN

  • THIS IS OUR SCHOOL. THE LAND HOUSES OUR BUSH MEDICINE
  • OUR PHARMACY. HUNTING FOR OUR MEAT, GATHERING OUR FOOD
  • OUR GROCERY STORES, OUR GARDEN.
    OUR SPIRITUAL BELIEFS ARE WITHIN AND THOUGH OUT THE LAND
  • THIS IS OUR CHURCH.”

Sue Coleman Haseldine.


How To Help:

We need your help…

  • Check out kokathamula.auspics.org.au
  • Fill out a form letter on web or write
    your own & send to SA premier Mike Rann
  • Help research companies and proposals
  • Fundraise and spread the word
  • Come on rockhole cleaning trip (see end of this)
  • Donate money and/or resourcesBank SA/St Georges
    Acc Name: Kokatha Mula Nation Far West Division
    BSB: 105100 Acc #: 032491240

Rockhole Culture Mish:Every March, Every September, in Outback desert Ceduna,
there is a 4WD journey, cleaning and monotoring
the health of significant rockholes,
within the Yellabinna regional reserve
the Yumbarra and Pureba conservation parks,
currently under siege from the SA state’s mining boom.
Covered in exploration licences,
We need to protect this land.

MUNDA YUMADOO ILIGA

Leave the Land As It Is

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