The Headland, at Point Lookout on Minjerribah/North Stradbroke Island off the coast of Brisbane, is one of the most naturally beautiful places in the world. The land is sacred to the local Quandamooka people and precious to many Island residents and visitors who believe this part of the world should remain as is for our native wildlife. The area is frequented by kangaroos, wallabys, koalas and echidnas as well as birdlife all enjoyed by passing visitors and is one of the most natural, untouched platforms in Australia to watch the passing Humpbacks during their migration.
Trusteeship of this piece of paradise was transferred from the Redland City Council back to the Queensland State Government and on to the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) in 2018. We then learnt that QYAC and the State Government in partnership with the University of Queensland proposed to develop the Headland and build a Whale Interpretive Centre which would house the skeleton of a dead humpback whale that had washed up on Main Beach and died a traumatic death some years ago. The whale was buried in the sand dunes before being exhumed and its bones sent to Canada to be treated and are now scheduled to be hung on display on the sacred headland.
For three years we’ve protested and petitioned in masses to protect our sacred headland, to oppose the whale interpretive centre due to be built on this site - however we’ve been constantly ignored and disregarded by the State Government and QYAC, with the Government ignoring submissions and a number of petitions, one of which now has over 32,000 signatures. Last week we were advised that construction is to start on 3 February 2021. As a final effort to save this beautiful piece of paradise the Quandamooka Truth Embassy has been established on the development site to tell the truths of what is occurring on our country. This is the 10th action to try to save the site.
We refuse to stand by and allow our sacred country to be destroyed and desecrated for unnecessary commercial benefit and gain. By proceeding with this whale interpretive centre State Government and QYAC have extinguished our Native Title rights.
In the coming days and months we are facing action that could lead to high legal fees/costs. Please help fund our group to pay for legal representation, other expert advice and supplies to protect our sacred country. All donations will go into a special-purpose account set up by Pekeri Ruska who is the Legal Coordinator for the SaveStraddieRally team.
More information about our protests to date: Free Yalingbila
- Melanie Bolovan
- Michael Hansen
- Lynnette Haas
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