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Mekamui Meeting

We had the great privilege of listening to a presentation and conversing with representatives of ABG Mekamui (the largest island to the northeast of Australia and Papua) about the impacts, problems and solutions to the Panguna copper mine, the largest such mine in the Pacific or anywhere.

The People of Mekamui are faced with continued attempts by World Industry to invade or subvert their lovely sacred island into a place of pillage and plunder that would wreck the natural lives of all People Plants and Animals who have lived here for many thousands of years.

We salute the Brave Defenders of Mekamui, Papua and Australia who choose to live with less human pollution or no human pollution in preference for organic natural life and lifestyles.

Some websites for the Mekamui representatives we met are:

It became apparent during the presentation and talks that People Plants and Animals in the southwest Pacific all face a common enemy in the form of human greed and human pollution of the natural environment, and especially the threats from New York, London, Paris and Moscow are full of danger and human deviationism.

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BHP Olympic Dam EIS Shortfalls

BHP Olympic Dam Environmental Impact Statement Shortfalls

The BHP EIS is published in both paperback and electronic internet on-line form as a set of corporate manuals that includes

The electronic internet on-line set is available as PDF (Postscript Document Format) files at the BHP Olympic Dam web site.

We find the EIS to be inadequate for public review and especially terse in view of the cataclysmic catastrophic long-term effects of this extremely hazardous mining project at the Olympic Dam mine site, near the township of Roxby Downs South Australia.

We cite these simple obvious faults or shortcomings to show how the EIS is inadequate :

  • the EIS, as paperback manuals, is printed in small type face of about font size 9, thus making it difficult to read by a large section of our aging population
  • there is no simple text computer form of the EIS for searching. It must be manually downloaded, one massive PDF document at a time from the sluggish BHP web site telecommunication system, and then converted to text files
  • there is NO inclusion of BHP past massive mistakes such as
    1. the BHP OK Tedi gold and copper mine that nearly wrecked the entire Fly River system in Papua (New Guinea)
    2. the BHP Steel Can Plan charade which spent millions of dollars setting up a shop front in Melbourne to make BHP look like an avid advocate for recycling steel food and beverage cans, when BHP was never interested in recycling and did not deliver any significant recycling program
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Kokatha Mula : Enough is Enough

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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Arkaroola Uranium

So, what’s a No Brainium ?

Wrecking Arkaroola for Uranium !

Arkaroola is a privately-owned Wilderness Sanctuary in the northern Flinders Ranges and one of the icons of tourism in this State.
It has a fragile eco-system and has been central to the successful program for saving the yellow-footed rock wallaby from extinction.
It is part of the traditional lands of the Adnyamathana people.
It is situated in the vicinity of the Paralana Fault Line and is subject to regular seismic activity.
Local company Marathon Resources is the latest holder of an exploration licence to drill in the Sanctuary. Marathon has violated the terms of the license at three sites, Mt Gee, Mt Gee West and Hodgkinsons, and they are held responsible by PIRSA for damaging a unique fluorite occurrence at Mount Gee which they had been told to avoid in their drilling.
Early reports of up to one hundred bags of waste dumped at Mt Gee revealed a staggering 22,800 plastic and calico bags in two shallow 30-metre long pits.
Yet all that has happened is that at the end of their drilling program, when they were already decommissioning rigs at Mt Gee, the Premier called them “cowboys” and suspended their drilling operations!
They are proceeding, ironically, with an Environmental Impact Statement and are intending to apply for a licence to mine at Arkaroola.
They have not been punished at all.
The smell of corruption hangs over this operation.
Former State ALP President and Federal Minister, Chris Schacht has held shares in the company for several years. He helped overturn the SA ALP’s “no new mines” uranium policy. After the “dumping” scandal, he was given a Board position so that his contacts could be used to the company’s advantage.
One of two major shareholders is Ken Talbot of Queensland’s Macarthur Coal.
He is before the courts in Queensland charged with corruptly making payments of $300,000 to a Labor Minister who subsequently voted for a project that benefited Macarthur Coal’s Coppabella Mine Project. Two of his employees, both involved with the Coppabella project, sit on Marathon’s board.
Marathon has also had to answer several “please explain” letters from the Australian Stock Exchange which have hinted at insider trading and other market irregularities.
Although Marathon badges itself as a locally-owned company, its other major shareholder is the China International Trade and Investment Corporation (CITIC). The Chinese paid a heavy price for their own liberation from imperialism and should not now start playing the part of a superpower that rides roughshod over the feelings of the Australian people.
Let there be no mistake – the Australian people do not want Arkaroola wrecked in the pursuit of private profit by uranium mining, whether that be as an above-ground operation, or via a tunnel (of from anywhere between 2 and 20 km in length).
Arkaroola must be completely remediated at Marathon’s expense, and the entire Wilderness Sanctuary closed to any further exploration or mining.
Bills to ban mining at Arkaroola will be introduced to State Parliament.
The Labor Party, which proudly boasts that it is “pro-business, pro-growth and pro-mining” cannot be relied upon to support a ban.
We must keep the pressure on Rann, Foley, Holloway and Co. to ensure Arkaroola’s protection.
Support the call to ban mining at Arkaroola! Marathon must get out and stay out!
You can help by writing to the Premier, Mike Rann, in support of these demands, and by checking the following websites for information and updates:
Background to today’s statement of concern about Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
Damage has been done to Mt Gee, one of the nation’s most important geological monuments situated in the very heart of the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary.
Mt Gee is heritage listed, on the national register, but this did not stop Marathon Mining from dumping more than 22,800 bags of radioactive waste, turning it into South Australia’s largest illegal nuclear dump.
Over 750 drill holes pincushion the area and, in the process, rare, nationally listed fluorite crystal formations were needlessly and irreparably destroyed.
The main ore deposit is still unproven, but it is known to be small, and it’s low grade. It is miniscule when it is compared with large, established concerns like Roxby and Ranger, not to mention even bigger and as yet undeveloped ore bodies in WA and Queensland.
It’s simply not worth destroying and compromising heritage listed Mount Gee in the middle of the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary for such a small deposit.
Marathon has plans to tunnel 10kms into the area, using scarce and as yet unidentified water resources to process low grade ore sites subject to uncontrollable flash flooding. The risks are that rare flora and fauna will be irrevocably ruined for 950 tonnes of ore. Roxby and Ranger produce more than ten times that amount, each.
Ministries, such as Primary Industries, Environment and Tourism, have been utterly ineffective, negligent even, in protecting this area. Departments, their officers and their Ministers did not to stop this despoliation. It is time they spoke up and had the courage to do what they are there to do – protect the nation’s heritage.
The charade must stop. The area must be rehabilitated. Marathon must be made to move out and be fined for the damage it has done. The area must be protected by legislation designed to make sure these mistakes can never be made again.
You can help by visiting the following websites for further information and taking any of the actions suggested there.

unknownsa.blogspot.com

www.arkaroola.com.au

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