2018 Walk registrations filling fast

Hi everyone.

We have had a massive response for the 2018 Walkatjurra Walkabout.

Spots are filling up fast and if you are keen to come you should register as soon as possible to secure you place on the walk.

You can register here
More info at www.walkingforcountry.com

For those of you that have been on the walks over the last 7 years, or have been on one of the many road trips that the Bardi Bus has taken, we are reaching out to you to GIVE SOME LOVE TO THE BARDI BUS.

We have just got back from Western Australia’s first radioactive exposure tour and the Bardi Bus needed some new bearings, Tyres and a few minor repairs. We also had to put her in for an inspection and pay the insurance and registration. This all came to around $4,000 and we are a little bit short!!!

Click here make a donation to the Bardi Bus

Please share this on your social media and let your friends and family know

If you feel like giving some extra love to the Bardi Bus you can also have a little fundraiser in your area 😉

Contact me if you need any more information
Marcus: PH: 0400 505 765  Email marcus@footprintsforpeace.org

Stay tuned for more info on the Walkatjurra Walkabout.

Conservation Council and Traditional Owners continue legal fight to prevent extinction at Yeelirrie

We are not giving up!

You maybe well aware that we unfortunately lost the case in the Supreme Court to stop the proposed Yeelirrie uranium mine and uphold environmental laws.

In a disappointing decision, CCWA and the three Aboriginal women from Yeelirrie, Shirley, Vicky and Lizzy vowed they would not accept this decision!  A decision that would allow the Yeelirrie uranium mine proposal
to go ahead, unique species to become extinct and environmental laws dismissed.

We have recently filed an appeal against this Supreme Court judgement that  highlights our commitment to preventing extinction and upholding what we believe are fundamental principles of environmental law.

If this decision is allowed to stand then the Environment Minister could sign off on the extinction of multiple species with the stroke of a pen, despite what the EPA and appeals processes say.

We are excited a high profile Senior Counsel will take on the case, pro-bono, which confirms this case is highly regarded and of significant importance for the environmental movement in Western Australia.

The Senior Counsel validates the necessary official messages of our case in upholding environmental law and challenging the legal processes by the State Government and industry on environmental protection.

His historic staunch defense of legal due process will demand this case has the highest level of legal authority as he challenges the issues of a poorly written law and over whether ministers should have the discretion to implement a proposal that overrides the EPA.

For more information click here 

To keep supporting this landmark case please share with friends and family.

As the stakes are raised, so are the prices – we need to fund this case to ensure the protection of our environment from these destructive proposals, so please keep sharing through your networks.

DON’T APPROVE EXTINCTION

Contact Federal Environment Minister by Phone, Email or Mail.

Phone 02 6277 7920

E-Form Here 

Mail

The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP

Minister for the Environment and Energy

Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600

We are calling on the Federal Minister for the Environment and Energy to not proceed with Commonwealth approvals for the proposed Yeelirrie uranium mine. This project would likely cause the extinction of unique subterranean fauna that have been found nowhere else on the planet.  The proposed Yeelirrie mine does not meet critical environmental standards and puts unique species of subterranean fauna at severe risk of extinction. In 2017 the former Western Australian Environment Minister went against state EPA advice and approved the proposed Yeelirrie uranium mine – a project that is likely to cause the extinction of multiple species.

Recently efforts in the Supreme Court of Western Australia by some local Tjiwarl native title holders and environmentalists to challenge this were unsuccessful and the threat is now urgent.

The Supreme Court decision doesn’t endorse the approval of the proposed Yeelirrie uranium mine project but what it does highlight is the shocking WA Environmental Protection Laws.

We must not let this dangerous precedent of approving extinction stand.  The Federal Environment Minister, has the opportunity to turn the trend of our extinction crisis around and protect these unique species from becoming extinct.   Species have a right to life no matter how great or small. One extinction can massively disrupt an entire ecosystem. No one should have the right to knowingly eliminate an entire species from our planet forever.

Urge the Federal Minister to save these unique subterranean fauna from extinction and protect Yeelirrie from this destructive and dangerous industry.  Say NO to uranium mines that cause extinction   

Points to raise

  • The WA EPA and the Appeals Convenor concluded that this project should not proceed because it would cause extinction of multiple unique species – the project is not consistent with the WA Environmental Protection Act or the Federal Environmental Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act.
  • The previous Environment Minister let us down by approving Yeelirrie against the advice of the EPA and Appeals Convenor just weeks before the election and he lost his seat. Approving extinction is bad politics.
  • The evidence is clear, make your decision based on the undisputable science and evidence and protect against extinction.

For more information click here 

Hope to see a lot of you out on the Walk this year

Walkatjurra Walkabout Crew

2018 dates confirmed

Hi everyone and sorry for not getting an update out to you all a bit sooner!!!

We have set the dates for the 2018 Walkatjurra Walkabout and the bus will be leaving Fremantle on the 5th of August, returning on September 3rd.

You can register here
More info at www.walkingforcountry.com

For those of you that have been on the walks over the last 7 years, or have been on one of the many road trips that the Bardi Bus has taken, we are reaching out to you to GIVE SOME LOVE TO THE BARDI BUS.

We have just got back from Western Australia’s first radioactive exposure tour and the Bardi Bus needed some new bearings, Tyres and a few minor repairs. We also had to put her in for an inspection and pay the insurance and registration. This all came to around $4,000 and we are a little bit short!!!

You can make a donation to the Bardi Bus at Bardi Bus needs some Loving

Please share this on your social media and let your friends and family know

If you feel like giving some extra love to the Bardi Bus you can also have a little fundraiser in your area 😉

Contact me if you need any more information
Marcus: PH: 0400 505 765  Email marcus@footprintsforpeace.org

Stay tuned for more info on the Walkatjurra Walkabout

Hope to see a lot of you out on the Walk this year

Walkatjurra Walkabout Crew

Walkatjurra Walkabout: Supreme Court Case and upcoming events

Hi Everyone..

Its been pretty busy since the end of the walk and we had a great trip over to Adelaide for the 20th anniversary meeting of the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance.

Check out the ANFA webpage

There is alot going on at the moment and we really need your help to fundraise for the Supreme Court case to stop the Yeelirrie uranium mine from going ahead.

Many of you on this list have been on the walk and know Aunty Lizzy, Aunty Shirly and Vicky who are going to the Supreme Court on the 16th of Novemebr to Stop the Yeelirrie uranium kine from going ahead.

It is really crucial at the moment that we raise the money to cover all the court costs. We have raised $16,000 dollars so far, but need another $34,000..  Please forward this to friends and family and lets raise this money in the next 5 weeks…  If you want to do a fundraiser then let us know and we can help with any info and support that you need..

This is an incredible undertaking by these three strong Tjiwarl women who are trying to protect important cultural heritage sites that are part of the Seven Sisters Dreaming songline.

Take a look at the video below and make a donation here

Dirty Deals 10 Years on – the story of uranium mining in Malawi

WEDNESDAY 11 OCTOBER 

6PM – 8PM 
THE NAVY CLUB
64 HIGH STREET, FREMANTLE 

FACEBOOK EVENT

 

We’d love for you to come and hear first-hand of life living near a uranium mine by visiting collegue, Reinford Mwangonde who has challenged Subiaco-based uranium mining company, Paladin Energy’s operating procedures in Malawi since before the licence was granted in 2007.

Kayelekera uranium mine was the biggest mining project in Malawi’s history, but has long caused controversy in the Karonga region of northern Malawi. Uranium mining was imposed on the people of Karonga in 2009 from Paladin Energy, now in administration, and people would still prefer it had never come to their country.

“The mine is located in the catchment area of a river that flows directly into Lake Malawi,” said Reinford Mwangonde, Executive Director from Citizens for Justice Malawi , “one of the most pristine freshwater bodies remaining in the world and a vital source of food for the Malawian people.

This evening will provide a unique insight into a story that continues to generate heartache and headlines today and convey a sense of the Karonga people’s experience of imposed uranium mining by an irresponsible Subiaco-based company.

We will hear about the cumulative impacts of the Kayelekera uranium mine, and how Paladin has walked away without a clear contingency plan and Malawi has been left with a hole in the ground and contaminated waterways with no means to fix them.

WELCOME TO COUNTRY @ 6pm
PIERS VERSTEGEN, CCWA DIRECTOR – Update on Supreme Court Action to Stop Yeelirrie Uranium Mine
FACEBOOK EVENT
Bar and Snacks Available.

World Social Forum and Cop23

The world Social Forum will be held this year in Paris, France from the 2nd – 4th of November, followed by the Cop23 in Bonn, Germany from November 7th – 17th.

Marcus has been invited to attend and hold workshops on the nuclear situation in Australia nad primarily on uranium mining in Western Australia and the upcoming supreme court case scheduled for November 16th..

If you are going to be at the World Social Forum or Cop23 please get in touch with Marcus
Click here Email Marcus
There is a great update on this years Walkatjurra Walkabout that was done by Lauren.
Click here to view

 

We are also getting more Hoodies printed at the moment as there has been a lot of requests for them over the last month..
Email us if you would like to reserve one

Make a donation to the Walkatjurra Walkabout
Keep following us on FACEBOOK and TWITTER and keep SHARING

Remember to tune in to Understorey
– and the Radioactive Show this week for all the latest nuclear and peace news.

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A Great Walk this year with lots of support to Stop the Yeelirrie Uranium Mine

Hi everyone and sorry for not many updates coming from the walk this year, but its been really busy and exciting and we will post some more updates over the next week..
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Massive thanks to Aunty Lizzy, Aunty Shirley and Vicky who led the Walkatjurra Walkabout through Country this year. The three of them are local Traditional Owners and are the ones participating in the Supreme court action launched together with the CCWA and the EDO to stop the Yeelirrie mine from going ahead.

There is a lot of support for this action against the previous Governments decision to approve Yeelirrie and now with the Court date set for the 14th of November we really need your help to get the funds together..

Please donate to the crowdfunding for court case

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Below is an update from Tim and more coming soon 😉

It’s late, almost midnight. I’m still 150km from Perth and still without phone or radio signal. I’ve had a long time to reflect on the week I’ve just had and already, I miss the desert. I miss the red dirt that gets into every crevice and onto every surface. I miss the spinifex needles that always seem to find that one bare patch of skin. I even miss the goona (?) pit, and its contemplative ambience (I actually miss that a lot!).
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But most of all I miss the people. The sense of community and solidarity amongst everyone in the group, including those who were there for different personal reasons, was absolutely magic. As I had nothing better to do as I drove, I put on the first episode of a podcast a friend had recommended. It detailed the life story of Glenn Loury, an African-American racial justice commentator and former Advisor to President Reagan, famous for criticising the civil rights movement in the United States in a post-Martin-Luther-King-world and more recently, racial justice movements such as the ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign. It piqued my interest, given where I had just come from.

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Loury argues that the tactics of direct activism offend necessary political allies, eroding the goodwill of those who might otherwise champion the cause in a legislative context, and that structural racism is not the root cause of systemic brutality.

Whilst I’d agree it might be a stretch to claim that structural racism is the only root cause, the validity of Loury’s arguments to my experience on the Walkabout, and more broadly over the last few years, is negligible. Structural racism is systemic in Australia, and defines so many different issues. Similarly, persistent direct activism is often the only way to achieve a tangible outcome.

I was simply blown away listening to the stories of Marcus, Bilbo, Kid and many others around the campfire and the blockades, walks, runs and movements they have been a part of over the years. Inspirational stories about Yami Lester and Kevin Buzzacott, about epic peace walks spanning multiple countries, about Standing Rock and First Nations people in the United States and Canada, about reclaiming the Australian Coat of Arms and running, so much running.

These people and these campaigns have achieved so much. It doesn’t offend ‘necessary political allies’ to stand up for what you believe in, it offends the memory of all these people and their achievements to diminish what they fought so hard to protect.

The Walkatjurra Walkabout, even viewed as one small part of the broader Anti-Uranium movement that has spanned decades throughout Australia, is critical. More than that, it is simply one of the best experiences I have had for a long time. In just one short week I learnt so much and met so many new, wonderful people. I am blown away by the positive energy leaving camp has left me with, and I can’t wait to get back out on country!

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Make a donation to the Walkatjurra Walkabout

 

How we win the West

The Walking for Country Film will be showing tomorrow (Friday 14th) in Melbourne as part of the Melbourne Documentary film festival at the Nova, Lygon st, Carlton. Get along and check it out!!!

Thursday 3rd August at the Fremantle Town Hall from 6pm.
Entry is by donation and we are urging all to come down, be inspired and motivated to see how we are going to win the west from mining uranium!  The night will include the official WA premiere screening of Fremantle film maker, Reza Nezamdoust’s “Walking For Country” — a 20 minute documentary of the 2015 Walkatjurra Walkabout, which has been doing the international film festival circuit for the past year and screens this month at both the No Nuke Film Festival in Taiwan and Melbourne Documentary Festival.

Highlighting the rich vein of music talent running through the Goldfields, Marcus McGuire will be performing his original music all the way from Kalgoorlie.  Director of the Conservation Council of WA,  Piers Verstegen will officially launch the Supreme Court Action to stop Yeelirrie uranium mine project and uphold environmental laws and long time activist and respected speaker on creating a nuclear free future, Dave Sweeney from Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) Nuclear Free Campaigner. International speakers from Canada, Tiawan and the United States. Stay tuned for more updates as they are confirmed but lock in the date for an awesome night!

Shirley and Lizzie Wongabong have been in town this week and have been working together with the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) on their statement as part of the Tjiwarl Native Title holders group who have opposed the Yeelirrie uranium mine project for over 40 years.   They both continue to speak staunchly about their country and how they want the uranium left in the ground.
To keep this important work going click here for more details.

July 7 this year marked a historical day around the world as the United Nations adopted a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons.  The very worst of weapons of mass destruction are banned as 122 countries said ‘yes’ to humanity.  The Brunch with Bishop action was great timing to now urge nations to sign onto this important treaty!  People for Nuclear Disarmament (PND) members Matt and Hannah officially handed a letter to Julie Bishops office on Monday to urge the Turnbull government to sign the treaty to ban nuclear weapons.  The treaty will be opened for signing on September 20, and will formally come into force when 50 countries have signed and ratified the document.

Attached to this letter was the United Nations draft treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons that clearly outlines the actions for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. The treaty requires of all ratifying countries “never under any circumstances to develop, test, produce, manufacture, otherwise acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.” It also bans any transfer or use of nuclear weapons or nuclear explosive devices – and the threat to use such weapons. For more information see the ICAN website who have been instrumental and worked tirelessly on these negotiations at the United Nations to see a world free of nuclear weapons. Thank you!

WALKATJURRA WALKABOUT

A couple of spots have opened up for this years Walkatjurra Walkabout..  Register here

Or, You can  register here to go on our waiting list and if a spot comes up we will let you know.

BUT if you still want to come for a week or two then grab a few friends and drive on out. 

This years Walkatjurra Walkabout will be an important part of planning the next phase of the campaign.  Come and contribute, share and learn as we walk with Traditional Owners to Keep the uranium in the ground.

Together we can still stop this


Join Janice and individuals across WA and send your own photo message to the new Government!

Janice’s call to action could not be clearer: “Let’s stand strong against uranium mining. This thing can only be stopped if we all come together and stand strong against it.” 

Check out Janice’s video here
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Remember to tune in to Understorey – and the Radioactive Show this week for all the latest nuclear and peace news.

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Four Uranium Mines approved in Western Australia

Hi Everyone…

Yesterday we heard the disgraceful news of a serious broken promise by WA Labor to allow the four uranium projects in WA to proceed – Yeelirrie, Wiluna, Mulga Rock and Kintyre.  This terrible decision is a betrayal of the many people, communities, Traditional Owners, trade unions, churches, and environment groups who placed their faith in Labor to keep WA uranium free.

KEEP WA URANIUM FREE SNAP ACTION
Join us next Thursday 29 June at 8am Parliament House, Perth
Facebook event site  PLEASE INVITE & SHARE:
We have kept the uranium in the ground for this long and we will continue to stand in solidarity with Traditional Owners and communities to keep Western Australia nuclear free.  Join us next Thursday 29 June at 8am Parliament House, Perth for an KEEP WA URANIUM FREE SNAP ACTION.

The McGowan Government may think it is OK to let some of the worst decisions in the state’s history stand, but communities, environment groups, workers and Traditional Owners certainly won’t be backing down in our fight to prevent this bad decision turning into a series of toxic and polluting uranium mines.

Keep the pressure on the Labor Government to stop uranium mining. It’s up to us to stop four uranium mine projects that currently threaten special desert environments and cultural heritage sites. SO LETS KEEP ACTIVE NOT RADIOACTIVE!

CAN YOU GIVE AN HOUR OR TWO
This Friday could you come in to CCWA at West Perth and help make phone calls to let people know about the action at Parliament next Thursday..
If you can come in please call K.A 0401 909 332

This is a real defining moment so please continue to ring, email, text your Local Labor member and let them know how you feel.  All contacts can be found here.

Keep sending your selfie to WA Labor!!  Instructions here: http://www.ccwa.org.au/nuclearfreewa

If you haven’t seen the video from Janice Scott – Spinifex woman and her message to Labor – please check it out here and send your message to Labor letting them know that their decision to allow WA uranium mines to proceed on Aboriginal lands was a clear broken promise and a kick in the guts for communities and the environment.

Join Janice and individuals across WA and send your own photo message to the new Government!

Janice’s call to action could not be clearer: “Let’s stand strong against uranium mining. This thing can only be stopped if we all come together and stand strong against it.” 

Check out Janice’s video here

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WALKATJURRA WALKABOUT

A lot of people put a lot of hope in WA Labor and their position against uranium mining before the recent election – Traditional Owners, unionists, pastoralists, scientists, workers, and communities all strongly supported the policy to keep WA’s uranium in the ground.

Due to an overwhelming response to this years Walkatjurra Walkabout we are now full…

BUT if you still want to come for a week or two then grab a few friends and drive on out.

Or, You can  register here to go on our waiting list and if a spot comes up we will let you know.

This years Walkatjurra Walkabout will be an important part of planning the next phase of the campaign.  Come and contribute, share and learn as we walk with Traditional Owners to Keep the uranium in the ground.

If you can’t make it to the Walkatjurra Walkabout, but you would like your voice to be heard. Please come to Parliment House on Thursday the 29 June at 8am.

Let Labor know that you will not allow uranium mining to happen in Western Australia.

Together we can still stop this

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Keep following us on FACEBOOK and TWITTER and keep SHARING

Remember to tune in to Understorey
– and the Radioactive Show this week for all the latest nuclear and peace news.

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Urgent support needed in November

Hi Everyone..

We don’t usually put out the urgent call for support but there is some really special and important events coming up in November.

There will be some community members coming to Perth to talk about the struggles to protect community and culture against the threat of uranium mining.

Many of them will be traveling great distances to get here and it would be great if we can all come together and show those at the forefront of the struggle to stop uranium mining in Western Australia that they have a huge amount of support from people in the city.

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On November 16th please come and join with community representatives from the Pilbara and Goldfields who are fighting against uranium mining projects, come and hear about the struggle to protect country and culture against nuclear threats. We will also have a private screening of the short film “Walking for Country.” There will be bar and nibbles.

This is a great opportunity to hear first hand from the communities most under pressure and under threat from this toxic trade.  Register here
Take action and support Aboriginal Communities fighting against uranium mining in WA.
Friday, November 18th
10.30am – 12.00
10 Kings Park Rd, West Perth

This Action will start at the Annual General Meeting of Vimy Resources (behind plans to mine uranium at Mulga Rock) and will finish at Parliament House of WA.

There are three uranium proposals currently going through environmental assessment – in November we expect that the Office of the Appeals Convenor and the Environment Minister will be reaching their decision. Now more than ever we need your support out on the street to show support for a nuclear free WA.
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Film Update

The Walking for Country film has been screening as part of the Environmental Film Festival Australia.

Next screening in Sydney.

  • Saturday, October 22, 2016
  • 2:30pm 4:15pm
  • Palace Chauvel 249 Oxford Street Paddington

More info http://www.effa.org.au/sydney-program/2016/10/22/australian-shorts
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Walking for Country will also be screening at the Noosa International Film Festival on Saturday 5th November, at 5pm at the Eumundi School of Arts Hall

More info here: http://www.niff.com.au/niff-shorts-films/niff-shorts-7

If anyone would like to make a financial contribution to the Walkatjurra Walkabout you can direct deposit

  • Account Name: Fremantle Anti Nuclear Group
  • BSB: 633-000
  • Account Number: 137443347
  • Reference: Walkabout

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First week on Walkatjurra Walkabout

Here we are on the 2016 Walkatjurra WalkaBout.

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This year the group consists of about 50 walkers who have travelled from all over the country and world to ‘walk away from uranium’.
We’re also blessed by the presence of traditional owners; Aunty Shirley, Aunty Lizzy, Richard and Sandra Evans, Uncle Glen Cooke, Kado Muir, Vicky, Jeanette and a big group of youth from Leonora who all share their knowledge and stories of the land on which we walk.

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Thanks to the subterranean underground fauna of stygofauna and troglofauna the EPA recommended the proposed uranium mine at Yeelirrie NOT be approved. From the walkers there are many stygofauna happy dances going on around camp and the area has been decorated with “we love stygofauna” stencils. However, it is still very sad that the EPA did not take in to account the wishes of the Traditional Owners and the many other issues.
Spirits are high as we walk along, knowing our time and energy has helped to protect this land and the world from the risks of uranium mining.

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As the sun rises and the sky turns hyper pink over the rich red landscape, the walkers pack their swags and head to camp kitchen for an early breakfast by the fire.
After breakfast, we gather in circle to reunite. Messages are shared, then shoelaces tied and toes wriggle. Flags are held high to share the message from all our hearts and minds. ‘Wanti uranium, leave it in the ground’. Foot before foot we walk together.
The breeze gets us through the heat of the sun. We chat, get to know each other and before long we’ve arrived at our new camp. At camp we split into our organised affinity groups. Sometimes a group will cook, care for the elders, or clean up after a meal. When we’re not walking or taking care of duties, we rest. Rest days involve cloud gazing, clothes washing, diary entries, spoon carving and learning about bush tucker from the locals. The midday heat makes us lazy and slow but were content in the peace this vast country provides.
Like the wind blows the dirt, we’ll be swift out of here soon. Makin’ tracks for the next camp. We’re spreading these words; ‘wanti uranium, leave it in the ground’. Come walk with us through this beautiful country.

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Support us as we stop the destruction of uranium before it starts. ‘wanti uranium, leave it in the ground’.
After celebrating the Yeelirrie decision the last few weeks we were saddened on Monday to hear the Mulga Rocks proposed uranium by Vimy resources has just been recommended for approval by the EPA.
Please lodge an appeal or get involved in the campaign
More info on Mulga Rocks go to http://www.ccwa.org.au/mulga_rocks

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To make a donation to the Walkatjurra Walkabout you can direct deposit in to our Bendigo Bank account

Account Name: Fremantle Anti Nuclear Group
BSB: 633-000
Account Number: 137443347
Reference: Walkabout

EPA say NO to Yeelirrie uranium mine ;-)

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Today the EPA made the recommendation NOT to approve the Yeelirrie uranium mine proposal, you can read the EPA response to submissions here and the EPA report here.

Congratulations to all those involved and all of you who lodged submissions. The local pastoralists and Traditional Owners are overjoyed.

The Walkatjurra Walkabout is getting ready to head out this weekend for our 6th annual walk
After the announcement today there is a feeling that this years walk will be a bit of a celebration of today’s decision, although we are also aware that Cameco will not give up that easy this is still a great announcement that we were not expecting…

We must also remember that this is something that the local community has been fighting against for over 40 years..

Here is a video from Kado Muir  https://www.facebook.com/138731262842572/videos/1052662928116063/

and some media from today…
https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/32224927/epa-opposes-yeelirrie-uranium-mine/#page1

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/was-environmental-protection-authority-says-no-to-cameco-australias-proposed-uranium-mine/news-story/258678ea8b12d96ac5771196a9fb6c50

http://www.forbes.com/sites/timtreadgold/2016/08/03/tiny-bugs-block-the-development-of-an-australian-uranium-mine/2/#311f36f478d1

Walkatjurra Fundraiser has 8 days left

We are trying to reach $4,000 this year and only have 8 days left.

If you could share this Chuffed page around on your facebook page with family and friends it would be greatly appreciated.

Massive thanks to everyone who continues to support the Walkatjurra Walkabout and all donations will go towards supporting Aboriginal people to come on the walk along with helping us to purchase some of the much needed equipment.

All donations are Tax Deductible: Donate Here

August 7th – September 7th 2016
REGISTER HERE  ( Limited spots left )

The bus will be leaving Perth on the 7th of August (Early in the morning!!)

We will be meeting in Kalgoorlie on the 7th of August if you want to join us there. We will be camping the night in Kalgoorlie at the Wongutha Birni Cultural Centre, and then driving up to Wiluna on the morning of the 8th of August. Our first walking day will be on the 11th August.


ANFA is being held in Kalgoorlie this year, and support financially is needed to cover travel costs, food and accommodation for the delegates. If you would like to support, and spread the word through your networks here is the link to the online fundraiser:

If you can’t make it but would like to support the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance you can make a tax deductible donation.

Make a tax deductible donation here

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Walkatjurra Walkabout: The end of another year

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IMG_3017Thanks so much to everyone who came and supported the Walkatjurra Walkabout this year..

We have finished doing all the finances and we have come up $1,000 short.. (which is actually better than we expected) We also have the kitchen truck registration that is due at the end of October that is another $650..

We have a tax deductible donation site at https://ccwa.nationbuilder.com/walkatjurra

If you could write a personal message to friends and family about your experience and post on facebook or by email with the link to the tax deductible donation site it would be greatly appreciated.. lots of people donating small amounts soon add up 😉

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The last week of the walk saw us leaving Poison creek after two well deserved rest days and some bathing and washing. There was a small billabong at Poison creek that the cows had fowled, so Aunty Lizzy a local traditional owned showed us all how to dig for water in the creek bed. We dug three waterholes, two for washing clothes and ourselves and one that was pure water for drinking, its amazing the knowledge that Aboriginal people have gathered over thousands of years and is still alive today.

With four walking days and 88km’s to cover to Kuthanaru camp we set off for the first day of walking to cover 20km’s, with the temperature soaring to 35 degrees Celsius. The day was long and hot with little shade, but the walkers walked with high spirits to our camp on the side of the road near the Sinclair mine turn off. It was also blowing a gale with dust storms and small willy-willy’s dissecting the road, we arrived tired but in good spirits.

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Marcus and I had to do a water run to Leonora that took five hours and 170km so we had enough water for the rest of the walk. We arrived back to camp at 9pm, to the sounds of birds, the flicker of campfires and snoring. It was surreal, as usually people would be up laughing around the communal fire, but I guess not unexpected after the days walk.

The next day we awoke tired and sore, but still in good spirits, for an early start, another 20km day with temperatures again in the 30’s. Marcus and I decided to drop the km’s down from 23km’s to 20km due to the previous days walk and the temperature, but also so we could camp at Doyle’s well.

Doyle’s well is a massive creek system with eight creek crossings, gum trees and an oasis of green grass, it also has allot of bullocks and cows, which have been a constant during the walk. Just near our camp is the ruin of the old settlement at Doyle’s, where there was a thriving community. Not much exists there now except the ruins of buildings and the old swimming pool, with some old Bougainvillea vines that house a colony of Kangaroo rats, we didn’t see them but there where plenty of tracks.

We have never camped at Doyle’s before but it was one of the best camps on the walk. The dry arid conditions that we had become accustomed to seemed to be held at bay by the grass and gum trees that provided a respite from the sun and wind and rejuvenated our spirits.

The next two days saw the temperature drop to a comfortable degree which was good as we had two long days of 24km’s until our final rest day. It also saw the arrival of Uncle Glen Cook, a local senior traditional owner who has been a part of the walks every year since we started in Wiluna in 2011.

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Uncle Glen has been a constant opponent of the Uranium mines in the region often at odds with some people in his own community that are willing to negotiate with the mining companies. Uncle Glen had been delayed due to community commitments and deaths in his family, funerals and deaths in Aboriginal communities are far too frequent and the commitments of Aboriginal people to their communities, families and nations is a foreign concept to most non-indigenous people, but I hope to some degree that the participants on the walk gain a better understanding of what its like for Aboriginal people and the things that have to deal with on a daily basis.

The first thing Uncle Glen did when he got out of the car and started to walk with us was to stop at a Mulga tree and talk about it. For us we might just see a tree, but to him he sees boomerangs, spears, tools and food he sees life. He sees the past, the present and the future; he sees a continuation of knowledge and survival. It’s a rare gift to be included so openly in his knowledge but that’s the kind of man he is, open, generous and willing to share his love for country.

That night we camped near an old gnarled peppercorn tree, in a rocky quarts camp, gold country. it was a change from the previous camp at Doyle’s, back to the stark beauty of the desert. We also had a night of wind and showers to wash away the dust as people quickly charged their phones to talk to loved ones in the outside world, its a rare patch of mobile reception out here.

One more day of walking to our base camp, Kuthanaru, saw the walk cover another 24km, leaving only a 12km day to Leonora. It’s a place that feels like home to most of us who have been walking for the last few years, and a significant part of the local Aboriginal history. Kado Muir’s mother and father set up the camp so that the last of the elders in the community who had lived and grown up in the bush could live out their last years in peace, surrounded by the country that is so ingrained in their souls and traditions, and has become the spiritual home of the walk. There are many old traditional camps and ceremony grounds on the site so we always pay special attention to camp set up, flagging off areas we cannot go into due to cultural sensitivities.

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This would be our home for the next three days and four nights, an opportunity to regroup, wash and welcome the Aboriginal community from Leonora for the last push into town. We where met there by local elders Richard and Sandra Evans and rejoined by Aunty Shirley and about a million kids. It is always a great last few days where we get to meet all the people from the local Aboriginal community who cannot attend the walk due to work and other commitments.

On the evening of the first rest day, the day before we walk into Leonora, Uncle Glen organized some dancers to perform an Emu corroboree. Uncle Richard, described the dance and what it means, “Emu’s when they mate, the female lays the eggs and the male sits on the nest and raises the children. It’s a lesson to us males to look after or children like the Emu does.” The dance was performed by Troy a local Aboriginal man with the kids performing the role of the young Emu chicks and with Uncle Glen singing in language accompanied by Marcus on didgeridoo.

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The final day walk into Leonora is a short day, only about 12km but it’s an opportunity for all the walkers and the Aboriginal community (many of whom couldn’t make it to the walk) to show a united and strong voice against the proposed uranium mines. Walkers where met at the Leonora town boundary for the walk into the local park where we all settled into for a long lunch and BBQ. After the lunch the bus whisked some of the walkers off to Malcolm dam, a local swimming spot for an afternoons swimming and relaxation before heading back to camp for dinner of Emu, damper and sing-along’s at the fire.

The final rest day before we head off to Kalgoorlie and then Perth is hardly a rest day. It a frantic day of cleaning the truck and buss, stocktaking, packing bags, dealing with lost property and the last closing circle.

The closing circle is always an emotional time, its an opportunity for us the walk organizers to hear about peoples experiences, the good the bad and what needs improvement, but also a somber moment where walkers can speak from their heart about their experiences and the eventual reintegration to the outside world. We have all spent the last month in a moving community, living side by side, sharing food, walking country, talking, singing, cooking cleaning and learning to love the flies, dust and each other, its hard to let go of all that, to readjust to the outside world, that for a brief moment in our life didn’t exist.

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I was honored to hear about every ones thoughts and stories and to see the great changes in peoples lives since we started, the personal growth that was expressed by many is for me, as an organizer, one of the best aspects of doing walks like this. Its an emotional circle, a closure and a beginning, and I hope that the walkers continue to create change both inside themselves and around them drawing on the experience and connection they have gained on country.

The next two days are days of driving, covering almost 900km back to Perth with a one night stop in Kalgoorlie at Wongath Bini cultural center where we stayed on the way up. We where joined by Libby and Debby Carmody, who had to leave the walk due to the sudden death of their father, Uncle Geoffrey and Christine Stokes, and Auntie Marcia and her husband Trevor and their family as well as many others from Kalgoorlie.

It was great having all of these people back together for one last night, it felt as if the walk had come full circle. It was especially great to see Libby and her family again after the great shock of the death of her father, another time to reconnect, reflect and share. The night was filled with gospel music, guitar jams and of course Ruben on his saxophone, the city lights seemed to fade under the glow of our campfire and the noise of the mining town drifted off as the voices of singing and music filled the air. It was a great last night before the long drive to Perth and the craziness of the city and the end of the journey.

The long drive back was grueling, and as we broached the hills to see the city in the distance it filled me with a sense of confusion, on the one hand clean clothes and showers awaited, but on the other hand, the serenity and bush would soon disappear under tar and cement. Luckily we landed in Fremantle at Lian, Claire, Olivia and Lucy’s house, greeted by a camp fire in the back yard, a yummy diner and the local community, it was a nice homecoming and a gentile way to reenter the city, thanks to all those who opened their homes and brought food and great conversation. We also got to see a sneak peek at Rez’s film about the walk; it was amazing, his film style and footage was inspiring.

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Well that’s another year of the Walkatjurra Walkabout, for me it was a really inspiring group of people and one of the best walks. But it is far more that just walking, so I would like to take this time to thank the too numerous to mention, people who donated, time, money and energy to the walk. To all those who read the updates and posted online, to those who came from Australia and overseas, to the Aboriginal people of the region and through out Australia and the world who are striving for a future free from the nuclear industry and to all the walkers be they there for a day or a month, I would like to extend my deepest respect and love. We will continue to walk for a nuclear free world, one step at a time, and one story at a time, together we can create the change.

Yours in peace and solidarity,
Bilbo Taylor.

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P.S. AND THAT’S HOW MARCUS RUINED MY LIFE!