Current mining proposals on Gamilaraay lands in north-west NSW will cause irreversible damage to Country. We need to come together as mob to protect our Country and this fundraiser will help kick-start this work from the grassroots.
Yaama! My name is Nathan Leslie and I’m a descendant of the Gamilaraay, Wiradyuri, Mandandanji and Wonnarua peoples. I am travelling across my Country to raise awareness about the impacts of mining on Gamilaraay lands with my extended family and other Gamilaraay families on Country.
Current mining proposals for the Santos Narrabri Gas Project in the Pilliga and Shenhua Watermark Mine Project in the Liverpool Plains will cause irreversible damage to Country if they are approved. This damage will not only impact our sacred land and Country, but also our cultural heritage and songlines that extend right across NSW, Australia and abroad.
The wellbeing of Country is on the line and we can change this if we just work together. I am now going around and talking/yarning to other family and community members about this from my perspective as a Gamilaraay man, a father, a son, a brother, a uncle, a husband, custodian.
This is to raise awareness about Country and mining, and alongside this to talk about a way forward together to make sure Gamilaraay voices are supported so we have agency to protect our own Country.
Money raised will help cover costs to talk to community and costs to bring people together including travel, accommodation, food/meals and phone/internet costs. Any funds over $25,000 will be put towards a suitable car for off-road travel.
This is the beginning of a much bigger thing for us to have self-determination and autonomy in our responsibility as custodians of Country and your support can help me to bring people together to be informed and to have a united front against the continual destruction of our homelands.
- Mark Mooney
- Sammy Perry
- Lin Bell
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