“you got to walk this land” …

The late Paddy Roe, awarded the Order of Australia medal, keeper of indigenous law and culture, has this tale told about his life in a parliamentary speech some years ago. It is in 6 pages with the first page here, just scroll for more:

 Goolarabooloo and Lurujarri Heritage Trail‘s photo.
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I was blessed to spend time with this grand gentleman in 1994, walking the country that he so beautifully opened to me and to others. I learned from him and his grandsons that land is alive, it has character, is has spirit. I learned that land will nurture you as you nurture it.

This is very far away from what my schooling would have had me believe and very far away from what our corporate government would have us believe.

We have news for them. We are awake and we are working with the land. As I hear Lulu speaking now, “You got to walk this land. It doesn’t matter if you are black, white or brindle, you got to walk this land to help us keep this land alive and he will look after you.”

His descendants are strong in resisting destruction of burial sites by Woodside, with the help of the WA Government’s dishonest practices.

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley)
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1 Response to “you got to walk this land” …

  1. Pingback: RIP, Joseph Roe … Goolarabooloo leader and Kimberley lawman | pindanpost

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