South East Region Conservation Alliance Inc. | SERCA'S HISTORY | HISTORY OF THE WOODCHIP INDUSTRY IN SE NSW
Conservation, environment and concerned citizens groups on the South Coast formed the South East Region Conservation Alliance Inc.(SERCA) in September 2005. It was incorporated on 2nd June 2008 (INC9889501).
PO Box 724
EMAIL: contact(@)serca.org.au (remove brackets around @)
Background briefing on koala requirements, Aboriginal cultural landscape and growing Aboriginal resentment at woodchipping
John Hibberd ACT Conservation Council:
Guboo Ted Thomas, Yuin Tribal Elder 1980
From My People's Dreaming by Max Dulumunmun Harrison
"Just a year after the handback of Gulaga and Biamanga to the Yuin people, forestry went in and cut trees down and disrupted the sacred songlines. When I tried to tell them they shouldn't do that because it cut the direct line of teaching, it was disregarded. Forestry just overruled it and they persuaded some Yuin people to give the go-ahead. I was disgusted to even think that some of our mob wouldn't listen; they know the story of the two sisters and our cultural ways and how it told up on that mountain.
People can't understand about the sacredness and those songlines, those Dreaming lines. They say cutting trees down at the base of the mountains is not touching sacred sites up top, but they don't understand about the short circuiting of the spiritual connectedness from one place to the other. As you know, when you drive around the country with your talking sticks - your mobile phones - you can get into what you call dead spots, the spots where you are cut off. This is what these people have done in coercing my mob, who don't know the deeper of the story where the Dreaming travels to. They have cut the songlines. People cannot understand Aboriginal spiritual connectedness and the lines of connectedness. We have heard the comment before of 'We're not logging up on the mountain'. I say, 'Yes, but the base is the strength, how do you think a mountain becomes a mountain. It comes from the bottom up and peaks at the top. If you haven't got a strong base then you can't stand up."
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