Aborigines and foreigners complete 450-kilometre anti-uranium walk in Western Australia

Walkatjurra Walkabout

A group of Aborigines and foreigners from seven other countries have completed a 450-kilometre walk in the West Australian outback to protest against uranium mining. The Walkatjurra Walkabout, which started in 2011, finished its 5th walk in the North Eastern Goldfields town of Leonora on 15 September. A collaboration of Aboriginal and non-indigenous people, the walk is a moving community protest against the proposed uranium mines in the region. The month long walk, lead by local Traditional Owners, covered almost 450 km’s from Wiluna to Leonora, passing Toro Energy’s Wiluna uranium mine proposal at Lake Way and Cameco’s proposed uranium mine at Yeelirrie Station.  

Walk participants included local Traditional Owners, people from Australia, Japan, Taiwan, England, Sweden, Aotearoa (New Zealand), America and France. The walks continue to attract people interested in learning about Aboriginal culture, caring for country and to share a united vision for a nuclear free world. 

The walk was also joined at Yeelirrie for two days by Federal Greens senators Rachel Siewert and Co-Deputy Greens leader Scott Ludlam along with state Greens MLC Robin Chapple. The visit included a tour of Toro Energy’s uranium project at Lake Way near Wiluna with walkers and Toro Energy.

Many of the participants have first hand experience of the dangers of the nuclear industry, especially those from Japan and Taiwan, whose nuclear industry are fuelled by Australian uranium.

Local Traditional Owner Vicky McCabe from Leonora, who walked the whole way said “We have been walking for five years against these Uranium mines, and we will continue to walk and invite people to our country to tell Toro and Cameco that there is no way they will be taking this poison out of our country.” 

Mandjindja Koara woman Sandra Evans said “You would think that the government and mining companies would have learnt from the lessons of Hiroshima, Fukushima and Chernobyl. This poison has done nothing but killed and hurt millions of people. Uranium is deadly, we have always known that, it should stay in the ground where it is.

Koara Tribal Leader, Richard Evans said “As the traditional owners of our land we have never consented to allow the Australian Government, State Government or mining companies to come here and dig up our country, we assert our sovereign rights to care for our land and to stop this destruction. How long do we the Aboriginal owners of the land have to demonstrate that we do not want in any way this uranium to be taken out of our country, and then sent overseas to poison some other peoples country.”

The Walkatjurra Walkabout is a celebration of Aboriginal culture and community resistance to the nuclear industry with the aim to keep Western Australia nuclear free.


For more information please contact: Marcus Atkinson – 0400505765


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A paper published in the internationally edited Journal of Social and Political Psychology (JSPP) discusses the role of psychology in Australia and the negative impact certain disciplinary theories and practices have had on indigenous Australians.


The impact has been further exacerbated by the failure of mainstream policy makers and mental health practitioners to recognise the key, distinctive cultural and social determinants that contribute to Aboriginal health and wellbeing.


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Posted by Mia Pepper

21st September 2015

Yeelirrie - the fight is just beginning

Western Australian and national environment organisations have reinforced their strong opposition to the planned Yeelirrie uranium mine, following the release of Cameco’s Public Environment Review (PER).

Dave Sweeney, Nuclear Free Campaigner from the Australian Conservation Foundation, said Cameco have clearly stated that uranium projects are not feasible with the current uranium price. The release of the PER is about a paper approval, this project is a long way from a done deal.

“There is longstanding and ongoing opposition from many Aboriginal people and other stakeholders. Seeking to advance a project that is not viable and where the company has no short to medium term development plans is reckless and unreasonable.”

The Walkatjurra Walkabout (see report above) just weeks ago walked through Yeelirrie and heard very moving testimonies from local pastoralists and Aboriginal elders who are united in the opposition to the project.

Mia Pepper from the Conservation Council of WA said “This is a ‘smash and grab’ that totally disregards the concerns of the community and does little to minimise environmental damage. Cameco plan to cut the life of the mine in half by doubling the impact area and the risk of dust compared with previous plans for the ore body.”

Canadian-owned Cameco has a shocking record overseas and face court in Canada and the US this year over tax avoidance charges.

The company’s operations in Canada have been criticised by Canadian regulators who have said, “When you put the pieces together, they build a story of really fundamental issues about the competence of the company,'' commented Prof. Christopher Barnes, geologist and Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission member, in 2003.

From the company’s website: “Cameco is one of the world's largest uranium producers accounting for about 16% of the global production from its mines in Canada, the US and Kazakhstan.” 

For further comment:

Dave Sweeney 0408317812

Mia Pepper
Nuclear Free Campaigner
Conservation Council WA
0415 380 808
2 Delhi St, West Perth, WA 6005

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