Radio Atticus 24 November 2011

This week on Radio Atticus we bring you the story of an Aboriginal family and their ordeal, and the mining community in conflict over preserving sacred sites.

This story involves an Aboriginal family and their ordeal. The Hickey family in Riverstone NSW faced court this year for charges they received during a confrontation with NSW Police at their home. In this two part story we hear from the family, their lawyer, and Prue Bergen of the NSW Police Association.

Reporter: Amarande Chauvet

Guests

  1. Patricia Hickey, Leticia Hickey’s mother.
  2. The Hickey’s lawyer.
  3. Prue Bergen of the NSW Police Association

The Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation is pushing the Federal government to protect heritage sites from Fortescue’s (FMG) Solomon mining project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. They say the sacred sites and heritage areas which date back thousands of years are being destroyed by the mining. The Australian Greens have also written to the Environment Minister, asking for an urgent response to the application which calls for emergency protection. But not everyone in the region is against the project, with one part of the Yinjibarndi Corporation holding a land access agreement with FMG.

Reporter: Melissa Lahoud

1. Charmaine Adams, Yindjibarndi woman from the Wirlu Murra group

2. Michael Woodley – CEO of the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation
3. Peter Meurs – Director of Development at FMG
4. Professor Jon Altman – Australian National University and Simon Hawkins – 4. Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation