Goori Sovereign Land Council Protecting Deebing Creek
[by Karen Coghill]
Goori Sovereign Land Council and supporters are blocking civil construction companies including Davebridge, Stocklands, Orchard Properties, AV Jennings, Fraser's Property, Inland Rail and CCA Winston from expanding Binnies Road and any further desecration on Deebing Creek. Their concern is this development will fast track works on Deebing Creek Sacred sites.
Karen Goori (Coghill), who is among the Yuggera Senior Sovereigns who is protecting the sacred site states, "Over a number of years, many have met with developers to strongly state ‘No’ to Development. Developers and the Australian Justice System have extorted the consent of applicants in the Cultural Heritage Management Plan, the expansion of Binnies Road is the expansion of urban sprawl that has no place on our land where our ancestors rest and sacred sites exist".
Deebing Creek mission was one of the first missions established in Queensland, operating from 1887 to 1915. Deebing Creek was a traditional gathering place before the mission. The land is home to multiple burial grounds, massacre sites and sacred sites that hold great significance to the Yuggera peoples. It is also home to multiple rare plant and animal species that are under threat by the proposed development.
"This land has been reclaimed and is not for sale, under cultural law this is not possible as the land is held in trust for future generations. Any further destruction or impact on the plants animals and elemental spirits is also against the customary cultural law still existing in this country."
In 2016, a report commissioned by the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships found what appeared to be as many as 13 unmarked burial sites in the cemetery using ground-penetrating radar. Additionally, there was further ground penetrating radar that was conducted in December 2019 which uncovered more unmarked burial sites.
“Mass murders have been kept secret from relatives of victims of the slain and the wider public. Development would completely destroy evidences, environment and first contact history from these lands for profit.
“The state has done all they can to destroy this place and its history for good. There is no evidence of our peoples existence within our own lands.
"Deebing creek is a crime scene. We will not stop until all matters have been resolved appropriately"
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