The PAL team are a group of people based in Maningrida who are very concerned about the impact of inappropriate development of this unique, fragile environment. This region supports Aboriginal people maintaining their cultural and spiritual links, and has world renowned natural diversity and areas of world conservation significance.
The PAL team is led by a group of Traditional Owners and their families, with administration support from others living in the Maningrida community.
The coastal town of Maningrida has a population of over 3000 and lies on the estuary of the Liverpool River, located approximately 500 km east of Darwin in North Central Arnhem Land. The Kunibídji people are the traditional landowners of this country. The name Maningrida is an Anglicised version of the Kunibídji name Manayingkarírra, which comes from the phrase 'Mane djang karirra', meaning 'the place where the dreaming changed shape'. Maningrida was established as a trading post and rations depot in 1947. There are thirteen different Aboriginal languages spoken in the region, each group having their own strong cultural identity and tribal leadership. It is one of the most linguistically diverse areas in the world.
The PAL team support Traditional Owners covering the Western and Central Arnhem Land. This covers the coastal area from Croker Island in the west to Milingimbi and Galiwinku in the east, and inland extending to Ramminginning. The map below shows the proposed areas of exploration and mining around Maningrida.
The PAL Team
Eddie Mason is the traditional owner of Bulachani clan, country of Wayal and Dumdum. Freedom fighter, writer, activist and law man. What a powerful advocate for Indigenous Rights!
Eddie doesn't want mining companies coming and destroying this country. "It is here for everyone to enjoy. It is my job to look after land and sea for future generations. We are still practicing our laws and culture as I am speaking now. Now you mining companies and NT government want to come and take this away from us. Without our law and culture we will be nobody, we will lose our identity.
We need your support.
Say no to mining! Koma! - Ngika!"
Rosie is Traditional Owner for Jun-winga country, Gelma-gorndiya , An-barra clan. "I having been doing this for 3 years and I too am a member of the PAL team. I say no to the mining companies who are coming here to mess up our land. I am fighting for my mother's country. There are a lot of sacred sites in this area so stay away from my back yard
Say no to mining! Koma! Ngika!"
Alice is a young Indigenous Traditional owner in Arnhem Land from the
Wúrnal Clan of Ndjúdda Point, Kabalko Island (Entrance Island) and Ngarráku Island (Second Island). She plays a vital role in her community of Maningrida as a primary school teacher, campaign leader, and environmental advocator in the fight to protect Arnhem Land. Alice educates her community about the threat of proposed seabed mining; talking with elders and young people regarding the effect mining has on the land and the community. Alice works with both Indigenous and non-indigenous communities in the region, translating complex technical scientific information into the Indigenous language and is an interpreter of laws to ensure all is understood within the community. Many Elders look to Alice for guidance to protect approximately 10 million hectares of Arnhem Land, including the estuaries, islands and shallow seas that are part of the community’s ancestral country. Alice has designed pamphlets outlining information on mining and has promoted the ‘Protect Arnhem Land' campaign through a variety of social media outlets with the hope to encourage others to join the fight. She is an integral part of a documentary series called 'Stingray Sisters' that follows Alice's family journey to protect Arnhem Land. Alice is guided by her mother Helen Djimbarrawala Williams and is dedicated to improving the lives of the younger generation in her community.
Say no to mining! Koma! Ngika!"