Development at Binybara / Lee Point risks destroying Aboriginal cultural heritage
Aboriginal cultural heritage
Larrakia Danggalaba Traditional Custodians Tibby Quall believes the development will desecrate a significant Aboriginal area containing both tangible and intangible Aboriginal cultural heritage.
Mr Quall argues the relevant Northern Territory laws do not provide effective protection of the Aboriginal cultural heritage at Lee Point – Binybara.
Risks to cultural heritage
Traditional Custodians are concerned the development will disturb and desecrate the Kenbi Dreaming track, which holds Lores and Customs, as well as Dariba Nunggalinya – Old Man Rock.
Lee Point – Binbyara also contains trees older than the nation of Australia itself and it’s a popular walking and fishing spot for locals and visitors.
The long-running campaign from the Environment Centre Northern Territory and Traditional Custodians escalated recently when Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek approved a project proposed by Defence Housing Australia, despite acknowledging the project would impact the endangered Gouldian finch.
A blockade quickly formed at the site, with concerned locals locking on to equipment to stop the destruction of some of the last old-growth trees left in Darwin
Whether online or in person, the community rallied to stop the bulldozers destroying a place that has been cared for by Larrakia Danggalaba Traditional Custodians for thousands of years.