“Keep the Kimberley” – rally at State Library, Melbourne, 14 August 2011

View over rally, stage to left, sacred fire right

There was a marked difference in mainstream media attention towards the two Melbourne rallies on Sunday reported here: a veritable scrum at the one, seemingly total absence at this. Fortunately, organisers had put together apparently put together a team to collect photos and video, and a preview has already been posted via the event’s Facebook page. So this report is really only a supplement.

Perhaps as many as a thousand people attended in all, many having answered the call to

*COME DRESSED IN RED TO REPRESENT THE PINDAN (RED DIRT) OF THE REGION’S REMARKABLE TERRAIN, THE BLOOD OF THIS COUNTRY*

(From the callout.)

The red Save the Kimberley t-shirts sold out.

What the mainstream missed was a succession of inspiring speakers, singers – including veteran Shane Howard – and a finale from Dan Sultan and his band that had young and old dancing. And what is shaping up to be ‘bigger than the Franklin’.

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The video – see below – hopefully will give an idea of what was said, sung and done.
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“Welcome to Country” came from Wurundjeri Elder Ringo Terrick:
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Wurundjeri elder Ringo Terrick
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Broome musician Tanya Ransom and Liz Stringer from Melbourne sang:
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Tanya Ransom
Liz Stringer
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Munya Andrews, an Aboriginal barrister from the Kimberley was one of the speakers:
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Munya Andrews
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Kimberley Traditional Owner Neil McKenzie:
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Neil McKenzie

Shane Howard:
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Shane Howard
Shane Howard silent
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Two more speakers, Kevin Blatchford from Save The Kimberley and Felicity Wishart from the Wilderness Society:
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Kevin Blatchford speaking
Felicity Wishart speaking

MC was Nikki Ashby:

Nikki Ashby at the microphone
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Round and about:
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Banners on back of information tents
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Message to Martin Ferguson to leave the Kimberley alone

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Sacred fire as centre of ring of people
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Closer view of people gathered aroung fire
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Closeup of fire
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Neil McKenzie stooping over fire

Neil McKenzie bathes himself in smoke from the fire before speaking


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Two young girls with Save the Kimberley placard
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Some - slightly older - campaigner sitting on the steps with placards
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Boy with skeleton design on jacket
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Aboriginal flag knitted patch on back of jacket
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Little girl dancing
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Another shot of little girl dancing
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Grown-ups dancing

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Finally, photos of Dan Sultan and the band:
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Dan Sultan and band on stage
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Another shot of the band playing
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Guitarist closeup
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another of the same
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Yet another
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Drummer in foreground
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Another band member, seems amused?
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Dan Sultan introducing band members
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The band in full swing
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Closeup of Dan Sultan
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Another closeup
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Another
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Another

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