Walkatjurra Walkabout 2016

Another Walkatjurra Walkabout finished, friendships made, stories shared, our commitment to fight for land and life affirmed. Since we walked into Leonora, so much more has happened.
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We traveled to Kagoorlie last Tuesday, and in the afternoon visited the Sorry camp at Gribble Creek in support of the family gathered there to remember Elijah and support their calls for justice. We heard stories from his family, about a boy so full of life and promise, an upcoming youth leader and footballer. We heard about the indifference, incompetence and disrespect shown by police, of the racist comments threatening violence before and after his death and stood in silence beside the site of the murder – marks still visible of the fatal violence enacted against a child. We left flowers at a make shift memorial for Elijah and the Aboriginal flag we carried from Wiluna to Leonora in solidarity.

You can support Elijah’s family by making a donation to his funeral and headstone here: https://www.gofundme.com/2mphbcc

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On Wednesday, the bus left with most of the walkers. So many goodbye hugs! We have all been through such an incredible experience, grown, changed and learnt together. A small group stayed on to set up for the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) meeting, together with Uncle Geoffrey, Christine, and Annette Stokes – who looks after Wongutha Birni. Cleaning out the big meeting room, setting up a shaded area outside, buying food and beginning cooking food for 50 people who would attend the meeting. The first person arrived on Thursday night, Barbara Shaw from Alice Springs, and by the time we were serving the first meal on Friday night there was already a big mob of people ready to strategise, build networks and support each other in the fight for a nuclear free future.

Uncle Kevin Buzzacott was sorely missed at the meeting, who has been such an inspiration for many people to be involved in this work. People from many nations across Australia were represented in the impressive group, as well as an aboriginal person from six nations in (so called) North America. Talks ranged from nuclear waste proposals in South Australia, radiation and health and the threat of uranium mining proposals. On Saturday night, a public meeting included talks from Mirrar speakers on the closing of the ERA mine at Ranger, Curtis from Martu spoke about the Kintyre proposed mine, Christine presented her innovative research (with Annette Stokes) into high levels of nitrates in water in goldfields region and the affects on human health, esp when it mixes with uranium. The night finished with stirring words from Janice, from Mulga Rocks, her strong words of resistance to the proposed mine there moving everyone in the crowd.

ANFA was a great success, good connections made, experiences shared and the movement for nuclear free future, where Aboriginal law and culture is respected, strengthened.

You can read the meeting statement and check out the photo’s here.

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The rest of the walkers/ ANFA helpers headed back to Perth early this week. And we were excited to see Clinton on the side of the road, who is walking from Perth to Canberra for justice for Aboriginal people. What a courageous and powerful young person! You can follow his journey here: https://www.clintonswalkforjustice.org/
Back in Perth, we are still walking the walk – with an appeals workshop at CCWA this evening (http://www.ccwa.org.au/wiluna_appeal_writing_workshop_20160914) and planning has started for National Day of Action against nuclear waste dumps in South Australia on October 15th (http://dontdumponsaoct15.org/).

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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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Peace & Solidarity
Walkatjurra Walkabout crew

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: Heading out next week

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With the Walkatjurra Walkabout starting in a week we are on a mad mission buying food and equipment for this years walk..  Everything is coming together well and lots of people will begin arriving next week from across Australia and around the world..

While the Walkatjurra Walkabout is out on Country we will be watching for the EPA recommendations on the Yeelirrie uranium mine proposal, the Wiluna uranium mine extension proposal and the Mulga Rock uranium mine. These could come at any time and when they do we will be calling on you to lodge appeals to any approvals. So please stay posted with pens and keyboards at the ready.

Thanks to Mia Pepper and CCWA the Walkatjurra Walkabout has a page on Chuffed where you can now make tax deductible donations..

We are trying to reach $4,000 this year and only have 2 weeks 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.

Join us tomorrow night (Saturday)

Collisions – Private screening and special event
30th July – 5pm – 7pm
Kidogo Art Institute – Bathers Beach Fremantle
Tickets available here

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This event is a fundraiser for the Australia Nuclear Free Alliance.

Join us for an evening of music, food, drink, art, film, and a very special speaker – OA Tilman Ruff. The event is a fundraiser for the Australia Nuclear Free Alliance national gathering in Kalgoorlie, and a great opportunity to preview the virtual reality film Collisions and find out all the latest news on abolishing nuclear weapons with Tilman Ruff who has just returned from the Vienna conference on nuclear disarmament.

Special private screening of the virtual reality film Collisions by artist/ filmaker Lynette Wallworth
Presentation from OA Professor Tilman Ruff – Co-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (Nobel Peace Prize 1985); and is founding Chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
Music from the fabulous local blues artist – Lois Olney
Art sale includes pieces from Julie Dowling, Zhou Xiaoping and up and coming local artists
Food by Mama Pacha
Drinks from Gage Road Brewery and local wineries

ANFA

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

Please share this update with friends and family

Peace & Solidarity
Walkatjurra Walkabout crew

Walkatjurra Walkabout, Karlamilyi Walk, Elections and more..

Hi everyone..

We are back from an epic week adventure in the Karlamilyi National park with Martu elders and people from across the country. The experience was out of this world – the group was so strong and amazing, the country spectacular. The threat of the Kintyre uranium mine to the ecosystem, the intricate network of water sources is immense. A massive thank you to all of you who donated, supported, came along, shared or followed this walk. There is nothing like being out on country to understand the enormity of the threat. You can check out photo’s here.  

Also some media links here:

Artist Anohni completes outback trek in fight with Martu people against WA uranium mine
Oscar-nominated transgender musician Anohni has described the proponents of a uranium mine in Western Australia’s Pilbara as “desolate souls” after taking part in a protest march to the site of the proposed project.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-13/anohni-joins-martu-people-on-march-against-pilbara-uranium-mine/7488188

Martu people to march 140km in protest against Pilbara uranium mine
The Martu people from Indigenous communities in WA’s Pilbara region are setting off on a week-long March to protest against a proposed uranium mine.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-04/martu-people-in-the-pilbara-protest-a-uranium-mine/7476440

 

Come and join BUMP at 6pm tomorrow night, Tuesday 21st, at Clancys Fish Pub in Fremantle. Join us for a drink, post walk catch up and an insight into whats coming up in the Anti Uranium mining campaign here in W.A. Love to see all your faces again!

For those of you inspired by the pics and articles from the Karlamilyi Walk come and join us for this years Walkatjurra Walkabout…

Walkatjurra Walkabout

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

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.

Its just over a week until the end of the financial year so if you are looking for a great cause to donate too then please consider the Walkatjurra Walkabout.

All donations are Tax Deductible: Donate Here

 

FEDERAL ELECTION IN TWO WEEKS

We have two very great anti nuclear campaigners running in the senate this election, and we would love your support to help them get elected.

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To help Kado Muir Ngalia man and anti nuclear campaigner / running for a Senate seat with the Nationals
– e-mail: Jamie.forsyth@nationalswa.com or enter your details online http://www.nationalswa.com/volunteer or call (08) 9322 7856

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To help Scott Ludlam – nuclear issues spokesperson / running for a Senate seat with the Greens –
e-mail: office@wa.greens.org.au or enter your details online http://greens.org.au/volunteer or call (08) 63652131


Walking for Country documentary:
Denmark July 23rd and Origin Centre (Dates soon!!!)
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Watch the Trailer here

We are currently organizing for a screening of the Walking for Country doco in Denmark on the 23rd of July..

Venue to be announced soon….

Anyone wishing to help please contact Marcus on 0400505765 or Lucy on 0405456863
ANFA
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:
Make a tax deductible donation here

Peace & Solidarity
Walkatjurra Walkabout crew

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!

Walkatjurra Walkabout supporter email for friends, family & supporters

Hello fungi family – all of you who have been part of the walks over the last three years,

I hope you are all doing well. We’ve been working on bringing together the 2014 Walkatjurra Walkabout which begins on 23rd of April. The bus is full, more registrations are coming in every week and things are looking positive for another amazing experience for all, walking through Wangatja Country under the wide open blue sky.

There is one concern for us, and we were hoping you may be able to help. We have received less donations than usual this year, and the budget is looking a little tight. Aside from the usual costs of covering the bus’s registration and insurance, repairing or replacing broken and worn equipment, and supporting the rangers to take part, we are also hoping to have the kitchen truck set up with solar panels. We have been very blessed with generous financial support in previous years, and we are hoping that if we put word out through our networks, we will be able to cover all costs again this year.

You can help by sending a personal message to friends and family asking them to consider donating towards the walk. People listen and respond when someone they know asks them to support a cause. If you are passionate and committed to creating a nuclear free world, supporting opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to work together for positive change, promoting sustainability and growth in remote communities and protecting this special desert country from contamination, its likely those around you would be interested in supporting the Walkatjurra Walkabout too.

Donating towards the Walkatjurra Walkabout is just one way to support, and everyone you send a message to, speak to about the walk, or pass on the website to, grows awareness about the walk and what we are trying to achieve.

Below is a draft email you can use to send out asking people to consider donating towards the walk. Personalise it if you want, and feel free to use it via facebook, twitter or in good old fashioned conversations speaking to people in person.

Thank you all for your support over the years,

Walkatjurra Walkabout organising crew.

Hello,

As you may know, I’ve been part of an annual event called the Walkatjurra Walkabout, a month long walk through Wangatja Country to share culture, connect to country, and listen to stories. This is a non-violent direct action that is a partnership between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples to share knowledge, culture and environmental awareness.  It’s a campaign supporting the sovereign rights of Aboriginal people to protect their lands and support a nuclear free future. You can read about it here www.walkingforcountry.com

This year marks the third Walkatjurra Walkabout.Each year, the movement to create a nuclear free future in WA is stronger. Despite a pro-urnaium State government since 2008, we have been part of the resistence that has successfully stopped a single uranium mine from opening in Western Australia. With respect for Traditional Owners and an understanding of the responsibility we all share to care for country, we are putting words into action and stepping up to the challenge together.

Please consider supporting the walk if you can, by giving a donation through the Walkatjurra Walkabout Everyday Hero website https://give.everydayhero.com/au/walkatjurra.
At the moment, we have a pressing need to raise funds to support various aspects of the walk:

– Setting up solar panels on the kitchen truck to create energy self-sufficiency. In the past, we have relied on walkers with solar equipped vehicles to provide a small, but necessary, power source 

to recharge lighting and 
to power computers, mobile phones and cameras needed to create a significant media presence and connection with the rest of the world. This year, that’s not possible and we need to set up our own system.

– Replacing and repairing worn or broken equipment and keeping the bus running.
– Supporting participation of locals and the Walkatjurra Rangers. The Rangers lead the walk and contribute so much of their time, knowledge and hard work to create the incredible experience we all share as they guide us through their Country. It is necessary for the success of the walk that funding is not a barrier to participation for the Rangers and local Indigenous people who want to take part. 

No donation is too small, everything is greatly appreciated.

Together, we are creating a nuclear free future together, by walking away from uranium mining and towards Aboriginal Sovereignty.