Yeelirrie Court Action Fund, new video & email Labor

Hi Everyone..

Yeelirrie needs your help!

After the appalling decision by state Environment Minister, Albert Jacob we are starting a fighting fund to protect Yeelirrie from being mined.

So if you got any spare change or big bucks donate to this chuffed
action so we can contest this terrible decision in court!

Small change can make a big difference!

Please donate like and share!

shirley

https://www.chuffed.org/project/yeelirrie-court-action

Check out a new video from Senator Scott Ludlam
Our state remains uranium free.
Let’s keep it that way.
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Let Labor know where you stand on uranium
So close to an election it’s so important to remind Labor that their policy opposing uranium is popular – take a minute to write to your local Labor candidate and call on them to support a ban on uranium mining
https://ccwa.good.do/uraniumfree/uraniumfree/
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After eight years of support and subsidies for uranium mining from the Barnett Government, our State remains nuclear-free. There are no operating uranium mines and no uranium projects with final approval to mine.

But with the election looming, uranium companies are knocking on the door to mine four uranium deposits on Aboriginal land – Kintyre, Yeelirrie, Wiluna, and Mulga Rock. If these mines go ahead they will put the environment, communities, workers, and cultural heritage at risk.  

The WA Labor party have a policy position opposing uranium mining and it’s time we let them know how important and popular that position is. If WA Labor win the election it’s important they take action to ban uranium mining – to get this on their agenda we need you and your support to send a message to Labor candidates and members.
https://ccwa.good.do/uraniumfree/uraniumfree/

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NEW T-SHIRTS & HOODIES
We have just picked up a new run of T-shirts with the Walkatjurra Walkabout design done by Vicky McCabe and also another batch with the Lizard design.

There is also a small run of hoddies being done with the Lizard design on the back..

T-shirts are $20 and Hoodies are $50 plus postage (or if your in the Fremantle area just drop by)

If you want to get in early and place an order then flick me an email here

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The Walk this year is still in the planning and we are hoping to have dates set soon. It looks like it will be in August – September, but we will let you know as soon ans we have it all sorted..

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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Walkatjurra Walkabout crew

 

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Elections, Cameco and this years walk

Hi Everyone..

I’m just back from Melbourne where we had some great meetings, there is a lot of National support out there to stop Uranium mining in W.A. that is continuing to grown.

Vicky McCabe from Leonora, who is one of the co-chairs of the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance also came to Melbourne and we delivered a letter to the Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg asking him to Stop the Clock on any Federal approvals and get on a plane to W.A and come sit on Country with the Traditional Owners.

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The Walk this year is still in the planning and we are hoping to have dates set in the next few weeks.. It looks like it will be in August – September, but we will let you know as soon ans we have it all sorted..

There is a T-Shirt run being printed with the Walkatjurra Walkabout design done by Vicky McCabe and also another batch with the Lizard design.
There is also a small run of hoddies being done with the Lizard design on the back..
More on that next week..
If you want to get in early and place an order then flick me an email here

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Some great news out this week was that the Australian boss of Cameco (the company behind plans to mine uranium at Kintyre and Yeelirrie) is moving back to Canada!

Last week Cameco posted a net quarterly loss of C$144 million!

They also wrote off the full value of the Kintyre project – despite having State and Federal environmental approval the project is now on Cameco’s books worth $0.

Cameco continue to say that Yeelirrie is a good prospect – but we think not. We’re squirreling away over here to challenge the decision to approve Yeelirrie. In any case there is a strong indication that none of the WA uranium project are economically viable and unlikely to be for a very long time.

There is an Election forum coming up on the 2nd of March at the Perth Town Hall – where you can come and ask politicians questions about the environment priorities. You can start lodging questions now through the Facebook page here. 

The fight continues – we are still battling a Government that has approved 4 uranium mines ignoring advice from the EPA and the communities. We need to do all we can to get rid of the current Government and replace these environmental thugs..

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There’s plenty to do in the lead up to the election. This is such a great time to talk to your local candidates and put this issue on the agenda! So please take a few minutes to get involved – see below for a list of really simple and easy actions you can take.

Here’s some other things you can do…

You can have your say on all of them by signing the Uranium Free Charter here. 

banner_ufcYou can add your own message about these three projects – and an e-mail will be sent to WAs political leaders.

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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Emergency meeting tonight

Hi Everyone..

I’ll write a bigger update soon and let you all know what is happening, but for now we just wanted to let you know that Yeelirrie just got Ministerial approval –  that’s the one that the EPA rejected.

Here’s a link to all the docs if you want to read them – so it’s really time for action. If you can come to a BUMP meeting tonight ( Tuesday 17th at 5.30pm at Clancy’s in Fremantle to plan otherwise please stay posted for action.

http://www.epa.wa.gov.au/proposals/yeelirrie-uranium-project

As we come closer to the State election the Liberal party is pushing these approvals as all the polls are showing a Labor Party victory. This has no community support and goes agaist the recommendations of the EPA..

If you are in the Fremantle area then please come down to Clancy’s tonight and be a part of making plans to stop this from going ahead..

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You can have your say on all of them by signing the Uranium Free Charter here. 

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You can add your own message about these three projects – and an e-mail will be sent to WAs political leaders.

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

You can also have a huge impact by calling your local candidates to show your support for reintroducing the ban on uranium mining in 2017. You can find your Labor candidates here, and your Labor MPs here, you can find your Greens Members here,  your Liberal candidates here and your Nationals candidates here. Or you can send a message to the leaders by signing the Uranium Free Charter here.

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Join with community representatives from the Pilbara and Goldfields who are fighting against uranium mining projects

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Hi Everyone..

There is two very special events in Fremantle & Perth this week, so if you are in the area make sure you come down to hear the voices and meet some of the Traditional Owners from the areas that are being targeted for Uranium mining in Western Australia.

We will also be doing a special screening of the short film “Walking for Country”  by Reza Nezamdoust on the Walkatjurra Walkabout.

Now more than ever we need your support to keep WA uranium free.

Please come to these two amazing events and bring your family and friends.

Community Voices” and “Action for a Nuclear Free WA”.

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Community Voices – public meeting & film screening
Fremantle Navy Club – Wednesday 16th November 6pm – 8pm
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”.
RSVP here. or call 0415380808

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Action for a nuclear free future
Friday – 18th November – 10.30am 10 Kings Park Road march to Parliament House by 11.30
In November we expect that the Appeals Convenor and the Environment Minister will be reaching their decision about the 3 uranium mine proposals under consideration. Now more than ever we need your support out on the street to show support for a nuclear free WA. 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. RSVP & Find out more here.

You can also have a huge impact by calling your local candidates to show your support for reintroducing the ban on uranium mining in 2017. You can find your Labor candidates here, and your Labor MPs here, you can find your Greens Members here,  your Liberal candidates here and your Nationals candidates here. Or you can send a message to the leaders by signing the Uranium Free Charter here.

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Phone banking help and events

Hi Everyone..

Sorry to all of you who are not in Fremantle / Perth area as there is some great events coming up!!

Feel free to pass this on to any friends and family here in Perth who may like to get involved with keeping Western Australia nuclear free….

We have some events coming up for the anti-nuclear campaign and really need your help to do some phone banking and promotions to make this amazing….

There will be people here to help with the phone banking and scripts for you to use, we just really need your help to make all the phone calls, so the more of us there are the easier it is…

Phone banking deets….

Please let me know if you can come along to help at any of these times….
Marcus: 0400 505 765  marcus@footprintsforpeace.org

Or come along to the BUMP meeting tomorrow night (Tuesday) – 6pm at the World End Studio – Mrs Trivett Lane Fremantle…..

Date Time Who
Friday 28th October 4.30 – 6pm Bilbo, Mia, Marcus
Tuesday 1st November 4.30 – 6pm Bilbo, Mia, Marcus
Wednesday 9th November 4.30 – 6pm Bilbo, Mia, Marcus

Here’s what we want to ask of people on the phone:

  1. To give them an update on uranium in WA
    1. There’s no uranium mines
    2. Three projects under assessment right now
    3. Labor and Greens opposed to uranium mining
  2. Call your Labor candidates to say you support the Labor party position opposing uranium mining
    1. The Labor party position is great – but we need to make sure they keep that position
    2. So we need people like you to re-enforce that this position is popular and important
  3. Come to one of our events in November to hear from local communities who are under threat from you mining and stand in solidarity with them to oppose this toxic trade
    1. We have a public meeting Wednesday 16th Nov – Navy Club in Fremantle where you can hear from community members
    2. Small action – from the office on one of the uranium companies Vimy – to Parliament to walk together with communities in opposition to uranium mining.
  4. Thank you for your support for this campaign – we’re nearly there…. Please get in touch with Labor or come along to one of the events….

 
Here’s the e-mail we’ll be sending out soon….

Right now there are three uranium mine proposals under consideration by the WA Government. The good news is that after 8 years since the ban on uranium mining was lifted in WA there are no operating uranium mines, the WA Labor party and the Greens party are opposed to uranium mining and election is around the corner.

Now more than ever we need your support to keep WA uranium free. We have some events coming up that we would love you to come along to Community Voices” and “Action for a Nuclear Free WA”.

You can also have a huge impact by calling your local candidates to show your support for reintroducing the ban on uranium mining in 2017. You can find your Labor candidates here, and your Labor MPs here, you can find your Greens Members here,  your Liberal candidates here and your Nationals candidates here. Or you can send a message to the leaders by signing the Uranium Free Charter here.

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Community Voices – public meeting & film screening
Fremantle Navy Club – Wednesday 16th November 6pm – 8pm
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”.
RSVP here. or call 0415380808

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Action for a nuclear free future
Friday – 18th November – 10.30am 10 Kings Park Road march to Parliament House by 11.30
In November we expect that the Appeals Convenor and the Environment Minister will be reaching their decision about the 3 uranium mine proposals under consideration. Now more than ever we need your support out on the street to show support for a nuclear free WA. 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. RSVP & Find out more here.

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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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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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Walkatjurra Walkabout has finished but a lot of work ahead of us

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On Saturday Walkatjurra Walkabout finished the walk in to Leonora. You can see all the updates here.

Many of the walkers are still in Kalgoorlie preparing for the Australia Nuclear Free Alliance meeting being held in Kalgoorlie over the weekend. People from around the country are heading to Kalgoorlie to talk nukes. If you are in the area get in touch and join us for the public forum on Saturday 10th September. RSVP here.

When the walkers arrived in Kalgoorlie on Tuesday we heard that the W.A EPA had just recommended approval for the proposed Wiluna uranium mine. We are disappointed but not surprised – the WA EPA has a pattern of deferring important environmental assessments to other Government agencies.

CCWA will be hosting yet another appeal writing workshop in a bid to get many appeals lodged and to challenge the validity of the proposed mine. Please come along to City West Lotteries House on September 14, at 5pm – 8pm and get informed about Wiluna, learn new skills about the assessment and appeals process and meet other environmentalists like you. SEE EVENT DETAILS HERE. You can read more about the Wiluna proposal here. 

It has been another great walk with so many people participating from all over Australia along with people from Germany, Chile, France, New Zealand and the United States.. We would all like to give a massive thanks to all the Traditional Owners who helped guide us through country and shared so many stories with us all..  This years Walkatjurra Walkabout started as a celebration around the EPA’s recommendation that the Yeelirrie uranium project NOT be approved, but this celebration did not last long as the EPA then recommended that the Mulga Rocks uranium project approved, followed by them also recommending the Wiluna project as well..

We hope to see many of you at the appeals workshop and other events coming up soon.
There is also a NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION against nuclear waste dumps in SA.
Saturday October 15, 2016 marks 63 years since the first atomic bomb test at Emu Junction in South Australia.  More Info here

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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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Solidarity with Elijah and family

The walkers of walkatjurra walkabout are deeply saddened by the news of the young man that was murdered on the morning of the 29th August at Gribble Creek in Kalgoorlie. Since we heard the news we have shared messages and songs, offered support and walked in solidarity with the family and community of Kalgoorlie who are grieving the loss of Elijah Doughty.

Marcus McGuire, coming from Kalgoorlie has spoken to the walkers on the current situation, “the situation is not good and there will be more to come in the future if the culture of racism and violence continues”.

We learned that his 14th birthday was only the day before his life was taken. Elijah, a young community person was keen and chosen to go on the “return to country” camps this summer organised by Marcus McGuire. These camps are training young people to be youth leaders.

The disgusting comments coming through social media before the murder and now after the tragic event has shocked the whole nation and shown the deep racism that still runs through this country.

The Doughty family are obviously deeply saddened and are welcoming the whole community to come and pay their respects at Gribble Creek where the murder happened. This was one of Elijah’s favourite places where he rode is bike in his life cut way too short.

Walkatjuura walkabout is not only about stopping uranium mining it is also about coming together with Aboriginal people on country and acknowledging the history of genocide, violence and racism that is systemic in our culture and history today.

With heavy hearts we walk together with family and friends and the community of Kalgoorlie grieving the loss of the young person who was an up and coming youth leader and football star. We also walk remembering others that have lost their lives and the families that have lost loved ones to the racial violence of this country. We need this culture of racism to end, we need to stop these deaths and racial attacks on Aboriginal people and their community. This cannot continue.

Walkatjurra walkabout finishes the one month walk today in Leonora however we will continue the messages of solidarity when the bus arrives in Kalgoorlie on Tuesday and walk to Gribble Creek to pay our respects and show support to Elijah’s family and friends.

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A Poem from Benjamin

To My Friends Sandra, Richard, Jeanette, Geoffrey, and Lizzy

Where the red earth meets the blue bridal veil
bequeathed with dried leaves and desert flowers,
there she sits in her company of endless hours
weaving narrow channels beside lizard trails

As she gathers her maroon and black dress
into her arms, one dried by winter sun,
the other soaked in water young,
a great wind sweeps through the cracked wood.

And we sit quietly, breathless as we were born,
gasping, words lost in the long trail of her hair
shining with the light of myriad stars snared
in the dark canvass where death and life form.

We gift her our open eyes and sand-cracked feet—
an offering to a wedding each day repeats.

8/10/16
Benjamin Scott

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