These mangroves are an essential ecosystem providing carbon sequestration, coastal stabilisation and home to at least 30 species of migratory birds. They are culturally significant and are considered a Ramsar listed wetlands and UNESCO Biosphere reserve. AGL is threatening this habitat and our community by proposing to moor a 17 storey, 300m regasification factory in our bay, within this wetlands. It could be moored for 20 years. These mangroves are located approximately 1km from where I grew up, spent time as a child and learnt about nature. This is where I continue to spend time as an adult. Because these mangroves cannot speak, I decided to make a film about them to show how precious they are.
Keith shared his story about his Grandmother who was born near Bohena Creek, in the Pilliga forest (NSW). After learning he had never been to the area, I took him for a drive out there. We sat in the yellow sands of the creek bed under the Sun. Keith dug his hands into the sand and said he had never felt so close to his Grandmother. I soon realised Keith didn’t know that Santos had plans to pollute Bohena creek with CSG wastewater. After trying my best to deliver tragic news in a peaceful way, Keith sat under the shade of a tree, shattered. The emotion you see in Keith in this film is a result of the news he just heard.
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Uncle Bunna Lawrie, a Mirning elder and Whale Dreamer from the Nullarbor coast teaches us about ‘Mirrdinjar’ through words and song. “Mirrdinjar is about honouring respect for the ocean and Earth and thanking it for all it provides.” As BP developed their plans to drill for oil off the Nullarbor coast, Uncle Bunna Lawrie reminds us that the Earth, land and sea, are integrated and need to be looked after for all to survive.
Fortunately, BP have pulled out of the Great Australian Bight, only to leave other oil hungry giants in their place.
Please support the Gamilaraay people in their stand to protect the Pilliga forest by lodging a formal objection against Santos’ plans to turn this precious place into a giant gas field.