Dharriwaa Elders Group made a submission today in response to the draft Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2018 (NSW).
Read here about the Walgett Youth Justice Forum held 14, 15 March 2018. Stay tuned for reports on DEG's work with Yuwaya Ngarrali re our ACTIONs leading from the Forum.
Some may remember the Cultural Use and Occupancy Mapping project Dharriwaa Elders Group (DEG) invited those who use the river regularly, to take part in.
Dharriwaa Elders Group (DEG) will not support Walgett Social and Emotional Wellbeing projects that have been developed by external agencies without DEG.
DEG's Speaker Clem Dodd, Secretary Virginia Robinson and Project Manager Wendy Spencer travelled to Sydney to attend the NSW Law and Justice Foundation's NSW Justice Awards dinner
DEG stated that "Many properties surrounding Walgett are overcleared already. This overclearing must be investigated and the environment compensated. Environmental scientists who know our region must be engaged by an independent investigation of existing and past environmental breaches and to undertake an independent review of the regulations, which must be changed according to their recommendations".
Other questions asked included "Are you confident that the NSW Government is acting appropriately in its role with the Commonwealth in the application of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) when current allegations that imply high level corruption are being investigated, and NSW agencies are reducing environmental compliance resources?" and "Because the new laws are allowing the farmers to either not seek consent or self-assess their Actions, this now allows large new areas to be cleared; including clearing that may impact on matters of National Environmental Significance under the EPBC Act. How can you know that farmers are capable of interpreting the Act and complying with it?"