Standing together against community closures
UAICC members across Australia have rallied in support of remote Aboriginal communities under threat of closure.
The National Committee suspended its meeting in Sydney to voice its concerns at forced closures outside the Prime Minister’s Sydney residence Kirribilli House.
Congress Chair Rev. Dennis Corowa
and Deputy Chair Rev. Garry Dronfeld both addressed a crowd of around 100 protesters.
Rev. Corowa described the threat by the WA Government to close up to 150 communities in Western Australia as “a human tragedy”.
“There has been no consultation with Aboriginal people or the organisations which represent them…There have been no plans for alternative housing or support if people have to move,” said Rev. Corowa.
The threatened closures by the Barnett Government in WA are a direct result of funding cuts by the Federal government.
WA Congress member and Nyungar Yorga woman Cheryl Lawson also addressed the protest.
“Our people have the right to live their lives in peace on their traditional lands,” said Ms. Lawson.
“Our communities and our homelands are like a pulse beat. The rivers that flow through them are like blood that runs through our veins. It is sacred. It is who we are. It is home.”
The protest was one of several around the country about the proposed community closures. More than 1000 people marched in the Perth CBD.
The protests also coincided with National Close the Gap Day.