NSW EDO solicitors with DEG members discussing Aboriginal Cultural Heritage protection legal issues and deciding "where to from here" in relation to current opal mining matters

NSW Environmental Defenders Office has been supporting Dharriwaa Elders Group to manage Aboriginal Cultural Heritage values around Walgett.

In August 2016, solicitor Ross Mackay was able to travel to Walgett to advise DEG in a legal matter currently being determined by the Land and Environment Court. He and his colleague Emily Ryan are pictured here when they met with DEG members to discuss the proceedings and receive instructions regarding possible actions in the future. Dharriwaa Elders Group is determined to insist that thorough surveys are undertaken in previously unsurveyed areas so that the NSW and Commonwealth Governments and opal miners can be assured that areas of high value to Walgett's Aboriginal community will be protected (and therefore current laws will not be broken) BEFORE mining is allowed to proceed. Most affected landholders have been very supportive of the Dharriwaa Elders Group in this regard, and promising alliances and relationships have been formed between Walgett Aboriginal Elders and land managers they trust to protect these areas.