Seven Weeks to go!!!

‘Walkatjurra Walkabout – Walking for Country’

is a celebration of Wangkatja country, a testament to the strength of the community who have fought to stop uranium mining at Yeelirrie for over forty years, and a chance to come together to continue share our commitment to a sustainable future without nuclear.  It is a chance to reconnect with the land, and to revive the tradition of walking for country.

Hello walkers and all our wonderful supporters,

The Walkatjurra Walkabout is starting August 16th and this year it’s our 5th Anniversary! We have achieved so much since this chapter in the struggle for a nuclear free future started in 2011 at North Pool outside of Wiluna. We are getting extra excited this year for a number of reasons:

We’ll have a new truck! After our trusty and hardworking truck of walks past has taken a well deserved retirement, we were lucky enough to find a replacement that looks amazing and up to the task of hauling all our food and equipment on desert adventures and Ranger expeditions.

There is an online crowd-raiser happening Donate here which you are encouraged to contribute to and share with friends. We’ve already hit our target for covering some of the truck costs, but still need to buy a super strong trailer for the 800 litre water tank. Every bit helps!

NEW TRUCK WITH SOLAR SET UP!!

There has already been lots of interest in this year’s walkabout from all around the world. There is a possibility of walkers coming from Japan, including Nipponzan Myohoji monks and people from Fukushima. Representatives from Footprints For Peace, US section, are likely to come too. And rumours of old walkers returning from Canberra and the far off East Coast of Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. It’s looking like a deadly crew to celebrate our 5th year out walking on Country together!

We starting from North Pool in Wiluna again this year! This is a reflection of the stronger connections with Indigenous community up there and concerns over possibility of expanded ‘uranium district’ in the area proposed by Toro “we have no idea what we are doing” Energy.

There are even an exciting pre-walkabout art exhibition in Perth to participate in before we get started. Yellowcake country” exhibiton will be held at the Moore Gallery in Fremantle from 14th-31st of August. So if you are coming over to WA for the walkabout, make sure you arrive in time for the opening on Friday 14th August. We’ll be celebrating our 5 year anniversary and WANFA will hold their live auction on the night. So get your glad-rags ready and come p-ART-y with us!

There’s even going to be a new hot water urn, after the demise of the our last one due to petrol/water confusion on the 2014 walk… And because we are walking in springtime again, the wildflowers will be out! There is so much to be so joyfully thankful for and look forward to this year!

Of course we are most thankful for all our efforts successfully working to keep WA uranium mining free on our 5th anniversary. That’s EIGHT YEARS winning despite a pro-uranium state government. Our success is due to the strength of connections and community we have created together, led by committed and knowledgeable traditional owners who are standing up for their land and culture. Wangka KutjuWanti Uranium! Leave it in the Ground!

So, whose keen to join us this year? Remember to read the information for participants before you register. We need to know if you are coming and who you are bringing with you. 🙂 The bus is filling up and a few people have said they will be bringing vehicles, so hope to fit in everyone who wants to come.

See you in Seven weeks!

Hope to see you on the Walk..

Walkatjurra Walkabout Crew

Kalyu – support Martu campaign against Kintyre

WA Nuclear Free Alliance

Kalyu – limited edition x 200 on sale now – $290 inc. GST (see order form below)KalyuKalyu (water) 2014 limited edition (200) Hahnemuhler 308 photo rag 100% cotton archival rag printed on epson 11880 with Ultrachrome pigment inks.

This artwork is a limited edition (200) print, a reproduction of the original painting Kalyu 2014. The painting was first exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Sydney in the exhibition Martu Art from the far Western Desert, Martumili Artists and MCA in October 2014. The artwork was subsequently purchased by the MCA. The proceeds from the sale of this print will be used for the Martu Parnngurr Kintyre campaign to support members of the Parnngurr Community in their opposition of the Kintyre uranium mine. The artists have licensed their work for this purpose.

This painting was created by senior Martu artists in Parnngurr, work commenced in April 2014…

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Replacing our beloved Kitchen Truck

Hi everyone..

The Walkatjurra Walkabout is all set to take off in the bus from Perth on the 16th of August..

We have had quite a few people registered already but there is still room left for more..

Please register here if you are planing on coming so as we have an idea of numbers..

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We are sadly saying farewell to our beloved Kitchen Truck

It is with great sorrow that we say goodbye to our amazing kitchen truck that has been so loved and appreciated by the Walkatjurra Walkabout and before us the Great Walk Network.

We are now desperately in need of a replacement kitchen truck and have been looking around for something that is up to the task.. Today we think we have found a truck that would be a great replacement.. It has shelving already installed and a solar set along with a water tank.

The only problem is that it is out of our price range…

But.. When we told the owners what we wanted it for they reduced the price from $6,500 to $5,000.. This seems like a great offer and all we need to do now is raise another $3,000

We have set up a Pozible fundraiser to help us get the money, so if you have a few spare dollars and would like to help it would be greatly appreciated..

http://www.pozible.com/project/197204

This will be our 5th year out in the Goldfields for the Walkatjurra Walkabout and it continues to grow in that area and Internationally..

We are expecting people this year from the UK, USA and Japan to join us on the Walk..

We will send out more of an update over the next week or two about the truck situation and also more on the Walk..

Please share the Pozible with your friends and family through Facebook or emails..

Your continued support is what makes these walks possible…

Hope to see you on the Walk..

Walkatjurra Walkabout Crew

Walkatjurra Walkabout 2015

Header 2‘Walkatjurra Walkabout – Walking for Country’

is a celebration of Wangkatja country, a testament to the strength of the community who have fought to stop uranium mining at Yeelirrie for over forty years, and a chance to come together to continue share our commitment to a sustainable future without nuclear. It is a chance to reconnect with the land, and to revive the tradition of walking for country.

Greetings everyone

The walk is all set for August and you can print out flyers here: https://walkingforcountry.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/walkatjurra-walkabout-2015.pdf

Please REGISTER HERE
This will give us a better idea of how many are coming!! (We will need to cap the walk at about 60 people because of water issues…
I will send a more detailed email to those who have registered already in the coming days..
Sorry for the delay in info as I have been in the USA on another walk!!

See below for some more info on changes to the walk this year…

Walkatjurra Walkabout 2015
August 16th – September 19th, 2015

Back to our roots: This year is our 5th walking year and a time to reflect back on the roots and fundamentals of why we started the Walkatjurra Walkabout.
The threat of uranium mines opening up is ever present in this region, the Barnett government is determined to have a project underway before we vote him out. Now is the time to be vigilant and a time to meet the people, see the places and be part of the country that is threatened by this devastating and needless industry.

2015 is the year we go back to roots and focus on the fundamentals of why we are walking. Walking away from uranium mining and towards aboriginal sovereignty.

We will be in Wiluna for the first time since 2011, taking us again past the gates of Toro Energy’s, Lake way proposal, and on to Yeelirrie, the deposit held by Cameco whose kyntire project in the Pilbara has just gained conditional approval.

We have learned a lot over the years about moving through country as a community.
In such remote and at times harsh environment we are all reliant on each other. People’s health and safety are vital. Paramount responsibility is the health and safety of people whilst they are on country. We are walking through a remote desert area with little access to water, hence its difficult to keep illness out of camp. Outbreaks of giardia have happened, even with the best and state of the art built hygiene systems.

In particular its important to keep infants, young children and the elderly safe
For this reason we feel the need to have parents with children under 5, and those who might be susceptible to illness or with compromised immune systems to contact us before registering for the walk.

Please be honest with us about your own physical and mental health in order we keep all safe.
It is a very difficult schedule with packing up each day and walking 20kms – 25kms each day while also helping out with camp setup and cooking.
To talk about these logistics and the possibility of coming with your children please call Lucy on 0405 456 863

DOGS
Given the unfortunate death of Ginny, our beautiful dog friend from eating 1080 bait, we are not allowing people to bring their dogs on the walk this year.
It was a traumatic episode for all those involved and terrible way to watch an animal die and given the random nature of how these baits are dropped by air, we can’t guarantee the safety of animals.

In order to gain the experience of country, its important people walk.
That is the purpose of Walkatjurra Walkabout, to create community and connection to country by walking through landscape together. It adds a significant cost in fuel to ferry people back and forward between camp and walkers. The camps are there to facilitate the walking, not vice versa. We will be walking approx 20 kms a day (some days more, up to 28kms, and some days less) and averaging 5 walking days with the 6th a rest day.

As past walkers can attest, camp set up, cooking, firewood collecting and cleaning can be very labour intensive on top of a days walk, therefore we need all hands deck and the ratio of those able to contribute in this way must be higher than those not. Otherwise exhaustion, fatigue and illness sets in.

The Walkatjurra Walkabout is a moving community, all able bodied people are expected to be a part of the functioning of camp. People must be contributing within their capabilities, each person counts while in the remoter parts of Australia.

This is not to exclude anyone, but to bring the realities of desert life to the forefront.

As organisers we have a duty of care to keep the good health and safety of the camp while giving everyone the opportunity to be able to walk and have a good experience while walking through this amazing Country for a Nuclear free Future.

For more information email walk4country@gmail.com

We hope to see many of you out on the walk this year and look forward to sharing 4 weeks out on Country.

 

Yellowcake Country Exhibition
14th – 31st August 2015 @ Moores Gallery 46 Henry St Fremantle

Invitation to artists
On the 14th of August before the bus leaves for the walk,the West Australian Nuclear Free Alliance will be opening the Yellowcake country exhibition. We’re throwing open an invitation to artists to donate a piece – which will be on exhibition at the Moore Building for two weeks and auctioned off as a fundraiser for WANFA.

WANFA is an Aboriginal Led alliance that does work in communities – and desperately needs fund to keep getting people out on country to support communities facing the threat of uranium mining.
To register: www.wanfa.org.au/art e-mail wanfa.org.au@gmail.com phone (08) 9420 7291
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If you have any questions then please feel free to call or email..

Marcus Atkinson: 0400 505 765 email: walk4country@gmail.com

Peace & Solidarity
Walkatjurra Walkabout Crew