THE Gomeroi people, conservation groups and Maules Creek landholders have come together in their commitment to protect areas of cultural and environmental significance from mining.
The signing of an agreement in Gunnedah yesterday, which came on the sixth anniversary of the national apology, crystallised the groups’ opposition to Whitehaven Coal and Boggabri Coal’s activities in the Leard State Forest.
“I am very happy these agreements are happening and that all parties are supporting and respecting our culture,” Gomeroi elder Aunty Gay Horton said.
The signing of the agreement was followed by a march from the Red Chief memorial to Wolseley Park.
Lock the Gate co-ordinator Phil Laird said the march and signing had united the groups.
“One positive outcome from the Maules Creek mine is that it has brought Aboriginal elders, farmers and environmentalists together in opposition to the mine and fighting for what we share – love for this land,” he said.