Oct. 31, 2020

S3 E10 Djab Wurrung Sacred Trees

S3 E10 Djab Wurrung Sacred Trees

This week we chat to the people who have been protesting the controversial Western Highway upgrade near Ararat. The Djab Wurrung Heritage Protection Embassy has been existing amongst the contested trees for three years and this week one of the significan...


This week we chat to the people who have been protesting the controversial Western Highway upgrade near Ararat. The Djab Wurrung Heritage Protection Embassy has been existing amongst the contested trees for three years and this week one of the significant trees was cut down and others were at great risk. Protesters scrambled into action – some scaled trees and tied themselves in and others supported from the ground and started legal processes. In this episode we speak with the leader of the protest movement Zellanach Djab Mara and others who have been involved in the protest.

This episode of Saltgrass was recorded on Djab Wurrung country and produced in Castlemaine, on Djaara country, home of the Dja Dja Wurrung people.  We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging.

 

Links:

The Djab Wurrung Facebook group

Go to this facebook group to join in on the benefit gig on the 7th of November.

 

News related to this weeks action:

ABC coverage

SMH coverage

 

Alternate perspective from Ruben Berg

 

Illustration for this episode by Trace Balla