Protect Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Walk, Saturday 23 October, 2021
Walk with us to stop the destruction
The 2020 destruction of 46,000-year-old rock caves in the Pilbara sent shockwaves around the world. It wasn’t the first event of its kind, and it won’t be the last. Australia’s cultural heritage is being harmed or destroyed every day.
If you don’t want to stand by and let this happen, please join us on Saturday 23 October at the Protect Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Walk in Perth, Western Australia.
Why are we walking?
Aboriginal people believe that the proposed Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act will not stop the destruction of cultural heritage sites and should not be introduced to Parliament in its current form.
Hundreds of sites are at risk. Many intersect sacred waterways, cave systems, Songlines and Dreamtime locations with irreplaceable engravings, paintings and artefacts dating back tens of thousands of years. We have a responsibility to future generations to preserve this important connection to the past.
We must protect the world’s oldest living continuous culture. We must respect the authority of Aboriginal people and their strong cultural responsibility to protect and care for Country and significant sites. They must have the final say on what happens to their cultural heritage.
WALK WITH US ON OCTOBER 23rd TO STOP THE DESTRUCTION
Aboriginal people need your help because they believe the proposed new law won’t stop the destruction of Aboriginal cultural heritage sites.
On the day (Saturday 23 October, 2021)
The meeting place at the start of our Walk is Victoria Gardens in East Perth. There is plenty of parking nearby or you can arrive by public transport.
Overview of the day (more details coming soon!)
09.30am: Proceedings get underway – including a Welcome to Country
10.00am: Walk commences
10.45am: Arrive Optus Stadium. Formalities commence.
11.30am: Event concludes
What to expect
The weather is looking fantastic for a beautiful walk from Victoria Gardens in East Perth, across the spectacular Matagarup Bridge to the Nicky Winmar statue on the other side of the river, at Optus Stadium.
It takes only 30-45mins or so at a leisurely pace so everyone can join in. There is great access for prams and wheelchairs too.
Please bring your family, friends, workmates and neighbours to help celebrate Australia’s cultural heritage and send a clear message to the Premier that we need a new law to protect it, not destroy it.
You can meet us at Optus Stadium if you are unable to join the walk across the bridge. (We’ll see you at Optus Stadium around 10.45am).
What to bring – a hat, water bottle and a banner
Wear comfy walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen and bring a water bottle with you. A sunny spring 24 degree day is forecast – perfect walking weather!
Bring a BANNER or a sign that expresses what you want to say to the Government about protecting Australia’s cultural heritage. Your banners can be any size but A2 (approx. 40cm x 60cm) is a great starting point as it’s highly visible and easy to carry! The bigger the better!
We’ll update this page regularly to make it easy to stay up-to-date with the latest information about the Walk. We can’t wait to meet you there.