In 1991 the Aboriginal Cultural Material Committee concluded that no exploration should occur in this area.
The sand dunes and rare Monsoon Vine Thickets have been recommended for protection by the WA Environmental Protection Authority twice in the past twenty years because of their environmental significance and their cultural heritage values.
The WA Museum also recommended they be protected in 1989 because of their outstanding archaeological and cultural significance.
“Why do we have to find out about Woodside getting permission to destroy our law and culture on the radio? Goolarabooloo evidence in 1991 from the old people is clear. The ACMC accepted it then. It has been ignored by the Minister now. They are trying to rewrite history” said Goolarabooloo Law Boss Phillip Roe.
This video was made in October 2011 when Woodside went into the Walmadany sanddunes without any permission nor did they have a Section 18. Woodside carved tracks into the dunes that had never seen a vehicle on them ever before. In their destructive illegal activity they drove straight through ancient middens, over artifacts, through ceremonial sites and also dislodged skeleton remains.
Complaints made to the Department of indigenous Affairs, by the Goolarabooloo people have never been fully investigated nor has Woodside been prosecuted for this outrageous deliberate damage to registered Cultural Sites.
GOOLARABOOLOO MEDIA RELEASE - 15th January 2013
This land, and the life it supports, were created at the beginning of time by those of the spirit. This is the Law, Burrgarrigurra. We, the Aboriginal Law-men, have held this knowledge unbroken since the first people inhabited this earth.
Some say the land is there for the benefit of people alone. But how can that be? It is not different from us. Like humans, the wallabies and trees, rocks and water are all made of that same living, vibrating spirit. There is nothing in this entire world which is not of that spirit. When we know this intelligence, when we fathom what is at the 'bottom' of everything, we can, as human beings, realise our purpose and the meaning of our lives.
Paddy Roe OAM,
Traditional Custodian and Law-Keeper
of the land known as Waterbank Pastoral Station,
as interpreted by Joe Roe, 1992.