Archive for the ‘Indigenous’ Category
On the 9th November 2012, precisely one month short of 24-years since the wet tropical rainforests of northeast Australia were inscribed for natural values onto the World Heritage List, the heritage and cultural values of importance to the indigenous custodians of these living cultural landscapes have been added to the National Heritage List.
We look for contrasts when we take a break. Dry and orange as opposed to wet and green. Our biennial holiday to Northern Territory and the top of Western Australia was postponed because of extensive flooding in February and March, but we managed to sneak in a three day visit to Mount Mulligan. Ten times larger than Uluru, this magnificent mountain was the scene of Queensland’s worst coal mining disaster in September 1921. Seventy-five men were killed in an underground explosion. The small cemetry and the chimney tell the story of “the day the devil wept.”
I fulfilled a long-standing ambition last week, participating on Guurrbi Tours Rainbow Serpent Tour and it was fantastic!
Of course, I cast my professional eye over the award-wining 4-hour experience and it certainly provided reassurance that the value gleaned, in terms of generosity and the substance and profundity of intellectual property, far exceeded the payment made for the privilege of participation.
On the 11th July 1987, Australians voted the ALP and Bob Hawke into federal government. Labor’s campaign promise, to stop logging within Queensland’s Wet Tropical rainforests via World Heritage nomination, was well supported and true to its word, inscription was ratified a mere sixteen months later.