Jun 02, 2016 11:09AM

Anohni Protests The Australian Government's Awful Plan To Open WA Uranium Mines

Alongside the Indigenous community.

What a bloody legend! Anohni is taking time out from her Down Under tour this week to walk a casual 180km across Western Australia. She took to the 'gram to announce the eight-day protest trek, which she'll do alongside and in support of the Indigenous Martu people, whose community is under threat of a planned uranium mine. 

"In 2 days time, I am joining my Martu friends Nola and Curtis Taylor, over 100 other people from Parnngurr and neighboring communities, and other supporters from around the country on an 8 day, 180km protest walk from their remote community to the site of Mitsubishi and Cameco's proposed open cart uranium mine in the Western Australian Desert.

The proposed Kintyre mine is on their traditional lands and a threat to their well-being, as well as being gouged out of Karlamilyi National Park."

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ICYMI, the proposed mine — a joint venture project between Cameco Australia and Mitsubishi Development — got the conditional greenlight from WA's environmental minister last year. If it goes ahead, the project will include an open-cut mine, treatment facilities, an airstrip, and an accommodation village, something that WA Green's politican Robin Chapple warned would "directly threaten the Karlamilyi National Park, the Karlamilyi River water catchment and the many threatened native flora and fauna species that inhabit this unique desert environment." 

While the state and federal government, along with some Martu representatives, have conditionally backed the decision to construct a mine on the Martu people's traditional land, a lot of the community view it as a source of distress. Anohni pointed to this in an interview last year, saying:

"Some of the women elders of Parnngurr seem not only to fear the potential danger that any uranium mine will obviously pose to the watershed and the local environment, but they also feel an existential burden of responsibility as the stewards of that land to protect dangerous resources from being exploited."

Keep fighting the good fight, guys!

Photo: @anohni 

Madeleine Woon