I want the government and mining companies to know that we are still here. We aren’t going anywhere. We aren’t dead yet. We are still here, feeling the country. Jacky Green, Darwin, August 2017
The contamination of land, water, air and wildlife can be seen across the region. The Redbank Copper Mine was abandoned in the mid-1990s, with an estimated 54,000 tonnes of partially treated acid-forming material left exposed to the monsoonal rains for 17 years. Poor management has resulted in highly toxic waste bleeding into nearby waterways.
Bullriders are, for mine, the crazy-brave guys of the rodeo. Bullriding, according to this outline, is perhaps the most dangerous rodeo event: “It’s not if you get hurt, it’s when,” and nearly every bull rider can attest to the truth of that saying. … As with bareback riding, and saddle bronc, bull riders ride with […]
Borroloola in the 1880's: "This town and district are in a state of terror for want of police protection. All the outlaws from Queensland seem to flock here, knowing there is no law to limit them from committing crimes. Horses are stolen, forgeries are committed , all kinds of robberies, debts refused to be settled, all sorts of acts of violence, even a case of sodomy on a drunken man is reported ... "
Johnny Lee Clary on the KKK: "Wherever there are white people, they go and recruit," he said. "They go to areas wherever there are any types of racial problems, for instance, where there have been problems between Aborigines and white people."
Apart from all-to-frequent roadkill there isn't much to see along the 400 or so kilometres of the Carpentaria Highway that runs from the Stuart Highway at Daly Waters to the coast just east of the small town of Borroloola.
The Bitch - and her sisters - will each carry cattle worth - at current values of $782 a head for export cattle - $112,600 from Brunette Downs to the yards in Darwin. Each load will weigh around 50.4 tonnes. Across the four trucks in this convoy the total value of this run will be around $450,000 with a weight of 200 or so tonnes.
AMSANT noted in its submission that it: "...note[d] that the many threats to environmental and public health that have been largely eliminated in the rest of the nation over the past century still blight many of our communities: urban, regional and remote. To this extent, the capacity of comprehensive primary health care to meet the needs of Aboriginal Territorians—to Close the Gap—will continue to be frustrated in environments in which fundamental public health protections are not available or unmet." AMSANT was concerned at the parlous state of environmental health of many of the communities that its members serve, where: "Poor environmental health conditions in remote communities and town camps include inadequate sanitation, water supply, rubbish disposal and grossly overcrowded housing. Basic infrastructure in many remote communities is either absent, inadequate and/or poorly maintained."
Is our landscape one shaped by humans and weather forces or might other agents - like birds - be in part responsible for the spread of fire across our landscapes? There are more questions here than answers...so far.