Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Goolarabooloo family invitation to seven-day walk

Picture by Rod Hartvigsen

Picture by Rod Hartvigsen

Goolarabooloo law man Joe Roe and family are inviting you to a seven-day walk through country.

The walk up the western Dampier Peninsula, including James Price Point, will start at Broome this coming Saturday.

You can read a media release here:


June 28th 2011


In 1988 the Goolarabooloo people- under the leadership of Paddy Roe (OAM)- established the Lurujarri Heritage Trail. Assisted by Lord Alister McAlpine-a local eccentric entrepeneur- RMIT University lecturers and the WA Heritage Council, they sought to bring people of all cultures and colours to come together to share cultural time in country. The trail follows the ancient living Songcycle, from Broome town up the coast 90 km to Bindiyangun, stopping at camp sites that have been used by Aborigines for millennia.

The Goolorabooloo Senior Law Bosses, Phillip, Joe, and Richard (Paddy Roe’s grandsons), along with Teresa Roe (Paddy’s daughter) and the extended Goolarabooloo family are inviting people to walk the Lurujarri Heritage Trail with them. It will begin on Saturday the 2nd of July at 3pm, at the old Goolarabooloo hostel in Broome on Dora St, and will finish on the 9th of July. People need to bring a swag or a tent, a plate, cutlery, hats and walking attire.

The trail is an opportunity for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to walk together through this spiritually important country, telling stories, fishing, collecting bush foods, carving tapping sticks and most importantly connecting to each other and the country. Underlying all of this is the opportunity for reconciliation, which is evidenced by the strong ties the Goolarabooloo community has with non-indigenous people both locally and internationally.

This year the trail will pass through Walmadan- or as it is known in English- James Price Point – theĀ  site where Woodside and the WA Premier Colin Barnett are planning to build Australia’s largest LNG processing hub. Ancient ceremonial sites and burial grounds are located all along the Songcycle and at Walmadan, and some of these sites have already been desecrated by Woodside contractors. The Department of Indigenous Affairs are currently investigating serious breaches of the Aboriginal Heritage Act by Woodside at Walmadan, who do not have Federal or State approval for the development.

On its 33rd anniversary, the Lurujarri Heritage Trail will continue despite the destruction that Colin Barnett, Woodside and its partners are seeking to wreak on the this Sacred Songline. Once again people from all over the nation will come together to witness first hand the deep cultural connection that the Goolarabooloo have with their country, and their willingness to share that connection, as they walk the Songline together.

For additional information contact : Louise 0487691624 or Bernie 0401476839

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