If you listen to WA Premier Barnett and those sections of the media which are cheering his proposals on, you might think that the recent signing on James Price Point had any real substance or was the end of the matter. “Not so” says Joseph Roe: Traditional Owner and Custodian for the protection of the Song Cycle which includes the James Price Point locality.
“There is public perception that all Goolarabooloo-Jabirr Jabirr Native Title claimants had agreed on 15/4/09 to the in-principle agreement struck between the WA State Government, Kimberley Land Council and Woodside.
It is crucial for me to clarify that there was no unanimous agreement on that date. In fact on behalf of Goolarabooloo claimants I voted an emphatic NO.”
By way of background, in 2004 Woodside CEO Don Voelte, Kimberley Land Council advisors and Law Bosses from the Northern Tradition (the Song Cycle from the north of the Dampier Peninsula through the proposed LNG precinct site at James Price Point and continuing south to Bidyadanga) came to Mudnun Community on the Dampier Peninsula.”
All Law Bosses back then said NO to the proposal of a gas hub anywhere on the Peninsula. Every buru (place/country) has a custodian responsible for the protection and maintenance of that part of the Song Cycle.” (http://tourism.heritage.wa.gov.au/ht_pdf/Lurujarri.pdf
It is my responsibility under Bugarigaara (Dreamtime) to protect the area through the entire proposed gas precinct. I am not opposed to a gas precinct but I am opposed to the destruction of my culture and heritage.”
As the Law Boss, Goolarabooloo will stand and fight to protect Bugarigaara (Dreamtime) and I hope that it is with respect that you see why I will not be signing any agreement to destroy my country.”
Law Boss & Custodian
Helene Jedwab: email@example.com