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NOW DREAMING’: SOVERIGN ORIGINALS AND THEIR MOB GATHERING IN MULLUMBIMBY

NOW DREAMING’: SOVERIGN ORIGINALS AND THEIR MOB GATHERING IN MULLUMBIMBY

The Aboriginal flag is flying high, a fire is burning and a large colourful tent has been erected next to the Byron Shire Council Chambers, opposite Milk and Honey.

Proclaimed traditional owners of Mullumbimby together with other indigenous and local supporters are gathering in the Stan Robinson Park, calling themselves the “Now Dreaming”. Indigenous spokesperson for the group is Uncle Harry.

 He advises that he has concerns re the excavations being undertaken on the Woolworths site. These concerns include issues relating to original ownership and failure to consult with relevant owners. Further, that they intend to remain at the site for 72 hours with others who may wish to attend. They wished that the Mayor be advised of this situation.”

This step by indigenous leaders is for me the most exciting thing to have happened in our campaign. Please support them in any way you can – they’d probably love some home cooking!

A QUESTION OF SOVEREIGNTY IN MULLUMBIMBY?

“Sovereignty is ours. It has not been changed by invasion and Sovereignty must never be changed by invasion” Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister and ‘Iron Lady’ of Britain; BBC 19.5.1982 regarding the Falklands War debacle.

“Her statement [above] defines precisely the position of Aboriginals and our rights in land. We were invaded. Our Sovereignty has not changed, has never changed. It has not changed by invasion, despite the fact that the invaders drove us from our traditional and ancestral lands.”
(Gilbert, K. Aboriginal Sovereignty, Justice, the Law and Land, 1993, Burrambinga Books).

Council staff have been friendly, and delighted locals have been visiting the site bringing gifts of food and firewood. Live music is happening around the fire.

The group is concerned about the excavations on the nearby Woolworths site which have been occurring without leave from the traditional owners. When asked if they were making a land claim, they said that they didn’t need to make a claim because they hold the Allodial Title to the land (ie title to the land without interference from government).

MCAN is fully supportive of this initiative, and are in alignment with the feelings of the indigenous people.

 

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