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Media release – Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania, 27 November 2020 ABORIGINAL PROTESTS PLANNED TO STOP INTERFERENCE WITH BURIAL GROUNDS AT EAGLEHAWK NECK On Monday 30th November, Aboriginal people will protest at the massive traditional burial site at Eagle Hawk Neck to prevent planned desecration of the site, Land Council Chair Michael Mansell said today. […]

Media release – Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania, 27 November 2020

ABORIGINAL PROTESTS PLANNED TO STOP INTERFERENCE WITH BURIAL GROUNDS AT EAGLEHAWK NECK

On Monday 30th November, Aboriginal people will protest at the massive traditional burial site at Eagle Hawk Neck to prevent planned desecration of the site, Land Council Chair Michael Mansell said today.

Mr Mansell was referring to “The proposal to dig 90 test pits, 50cm x 50cm square to a depth that strikes bedrock on or near a massive Aboriginal burial ground. This is a disgraceful slap in the face for Aboriginal people and we will not stand idly by and let it happen.”

Mr Mansell said, “According to the government approved plan, works will stop if human remains are discovered. Of course they will be discovered. The place is one big burial area. The whole area is a traditional burial ground. Aboriginal people do not want anyone digging test pits on or near burial grounds.

The government’s own report, prior to approving invasive test holes, stated –

Why the government ignored this warning is a mystery. And why the government continues to refuse to consult with Aboriginal people in the first place is a puzzle. If they had asked us, we would have told them about the sensitivity of carrying out invasive works near or on the burial ground.

The government will claim the test pits are not on the actual burial site but on the other side of the Arthur Highway. We are talking a distance of 15 metres. We do not want test pits within 500 metres of a burial site, especially when the single reason for the test pits is the first step in approving road works to take place within that 15 metre zone, and effectively destroy the integrity of the burial place.”

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On Thursday 26th November, 2020 the Land Council requested Minister Roger Jaensch withdraw government approval for the desecration of the burial ground area. “We are still awaiting the Minister’s advice.

“What is needed is a decent management plan for the burial area so that, if necessary, traffic is slowed instead of further desecrating the site by widening roads. We cannot get through to the government that it should consult with Aboriginal people before some of these hair-brained schemes are cooked up which inevitably leads to conflict.

Boy, oh boy, does the Aboriginal Heritage Act need changing. Until then, the government needs to consult Aboriginal people instead of sidelining us.” Mr Mansell added.

Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2020/11/protest-against-burial-ground-interference-at-eaglehawk-neck/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=protest-against-burial-ground-interference-at-eaglehawk-neck

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