I'm a Traditional Owner of Juru country, near Bowen in Central Queensland, and myself and fellow Traditional Owner Carol Prior want our cultural sites registered under the Queensland Cultural Heritage Act as 'significant Aboriginal areas.' These areas are the midden and burial sites at Abbot Point, and rock art and ochre grounds at nearby Mount Roundback. Listing these two places would help protect them for future generations, from threats such as the expansion of the Abbot Point coal terminal, and Adani's coal rail line.
Why is this important?
Our precious places are under threat from massive coal port expansions, and the coal rail line. If the rail line goes ahead, we will be blocked from accessing sacred rock art sites. Adani's new coal terminal will be built only five metres from the burial grounds of our ancestors. The current system is failing to protect our sites. We need urgent protection for our cultural heritage.
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