The Kokatha Elder (Weena Mooga) Aunty Sue Coleman-Haseldine has has been fighting for country and a nuclear free future for decades. Carrying on Kokatha Tradition, she, together with her mob, ensures the sacred women’s rockholes on her ancestors land, are maintained and protected. The sacred Kokatha women’s country is situated in the mallee, inland of Ceduna SA. The clearing of the rockholes is heavy and hard work, together with her mob they ensure fresh water is available for the animals that roam on their country.
Aunty Sue’s country is under threat from the new Rocket range that has permitted rocket boosters to land on her ancestors land. She is a staunch defender of her country and needs a decent vehicle to get out there at short notice. In addition Aunty Sue, with little to no support, organises two Rockhole Recovery trips each year, and has relied on her trusty Maverick 4WD to carry the necessary equipment and people through the dunes to the rockholes. She also takes the local primary school kids out to country to learn culture.
Sadly, after 13 years, her beloved Maverick is beyond repair, but her country needs protection and the rockholes still need to be cared for.
Please donate so we can get Aunty Sue back on the road so she can continue to do this important cultural and environmental work.
We want to raise enough funds to buy her a reliable and comfortable 4WD as a way of thanking her for all that she has done (and will be able to continue to do if we get her a car) and to show her our love and respect.
You can read more about Aunty Sue in the testimony she gave to the UN about being a nuclear bomb test survivor. Watch the video of her at the Nuclear Ban Treaty Negotiations at the UN in New York on 28th March, 2017 or check out the documentary Keeper about caring for Country and the impacts of Native Title. Aunty Sue is also Associate Producer for Native Title Rockets a documentary about the rocket range and protecting country.
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