URGENT LETTERS NEEDED TODAY!
A walk North of Walmadan (James Price Point)
Photo: Tegan Mossop
For anyone who has ever walked the Lurujarri Heritage Trail, on the Dampier Peninsula, with the Goolarabooloo, this announcement is for you! This message is also for you if you ever intend on walking this trail, or just if you believe that the trail is of cultural significance and has heritage value…
For information on the Lurujarri Heritage Trail please see: http://www.goolarabooloo.org.au
Dear Trail walker – past and future,
The Broome Shire and the West Australian Planning Commission have prepared the latest planning documents with the purpose to set out the long-term (10-15 years) planning directions for the Shire of Broome. It is to our great surprise that the Lurujarri Heritage Trail is not included is these Local Planning Strategy (LPS 6) documents. Instead, they provide for large-scale industrialisation and development along the coast north of Broome.
As most of you would know in 1987, Goolarabooloo elder Paddy Roe initiated the Lurujarri Heritage Trail as a trigger to encourage the members of his community to be walking the Country, as had always been done; to conserve, renew and stay connected with their heritage and traditional skills and to keep the same alive for generations to come. He also sought to awaken non-Aboriginal people to a relationship with the land, to foster trust, friendship and empathy between the indigenous community and the wider Australian and International communities.
Since that day, hundreds of people from all over Australia and the world have walked the Lurujarri Heritage Trail with us and more still are hoping to take part in the future. We believe the continuing success and growing popularity of the Lurujarri Heritage Trail only serves to confirm its outstanding heritage values.
Photo: Tegan Mossop
Back in the early days the Broome Shire had been very supportive of Lurujarri Heritage Trail. You might have noticed the Shire of Broome logo on all our interpretative signs along the coast. So what is going on? According to the Local Planning Strategy (LPS 6) documentation, the Lurrujarri Heritage Trail does not meet the definition of a Heritage Area and has subsequently failed to be included. How can this happen? The Local Planning Strategy (LPS 6) document’s own definition of heritage area states:
“Heritage Area means an area which is of cultural heritage significance and of such distinctive nature or character that special controls are considered necessary to retain and/or enhance that character, even though each individual place in the area may not itself be of significance.”
Are they serious?
WE NEED YOUR HELP AND WE NEED IT FAST
On Thurs 21st Nov the Shire met to consider LPS6.
Over the next few months it is still timely to let the shire know what you think.
PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THE TEXT BELOW INTO A NEW EMAIL, WRITE A LITTLE PARAGRAPH TO OUTLINE WHY YOU THINK THE LURUJARRI TRAIL SHOULD BE ACKNOWLEDGED AND PROTECTED, PUT YOUR NAME AT THE BOTTOM AND SEND TO:
Please BCC us, Goolarabooloo, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks in advance!
To whom it may concern,
I am writing to request that the Broome Shire and the Minister for Planning work together to protect the Lurujarri Heritage Trail under the new Local Planning Strategy (LPS) and Scheme no. 6.
Please insert a personal note about when you walked the Trail and about your own experience e.g about the educational, reconciliation, cultural and environmental values of the Trail.
If you haven’t walked the Trail yet but hope to in the future… write a little bit about why you are hoping to walk the Lurujarri Trail, what you hope to get out of it etc.
I request that:
1. The whole of the Lurujarri Heritage Trail be designated as a ‘Heritage Area’, under part 7 of the LPS 6, in recognition of its cultural and social importance to the Shire of Broome.
2. The whole of the Lurujarri Heritage Trail also be listed as a Special Control Area, under Part 6 of the LPS 6, in order to provide for the long term preservation and protection of the environmental, social and cultural importance of the Lurujarri Heritage Trail within the Shire of Broome.
3. The Shire of Broome delay adopting the Local Planning Strategy and Scheme no. 6 until such time as these amendments are able to be implemented.
4. The WA Planning Commission, and the Minister for Planning, also support the Lurujarri Heritage Trail through implementation of these amendments.
I demand that the Shire, and the Minister, will help protect the Lurujarri Heritage Trail now and into the future by incorporating the amendments above in the LPS and LPS 6.
Bindingankun (Yellow River)
Photo: Tegan Mossop