• Western Australia's Mid-West region where Toro Energy's Wiluna Uranium Project is taking place (AAP) (TORO ENERGY)
Anti-nuclear protesters have come together for the fifth consecutive Walkajurra Walkabout to oppose energy company's Toro Energy uranium mining project.
By
Craig Quartermaine

Source:
NITV News
31 Aug 2015 - 4:15 PM  UPDATED 31 Aug 2015 - 6:52 PM

TRANSCRIPT

 

Malarndirri McCarthy: The Walkajurra Walkabout has international anti-nuclear protesters and traditional owners gathered together on some of the richest uranium deposits in the country.

Craig Quartermaine: I'm here at Yellerie Station for the Walkajurra Walkabout that will continue for the next two weeks it's a dynamic mix of people who make their way through country

After protesters set up camp, they had a breakdown of the meeting with Toro Energy before turning in for the night.

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So I'm here camping out at Yellarie which I've been told by one of my fellow campers translates to place of wailing. Should be a fun night .

"All this beautiful land will end up being a radioactive wasteland"

It's absolutely freezing here, but the best part, Vickie is making damper.

After breakfast, plans for the rest of the walk were mapped out.

Kado Muir is the Tjurrura man who has lead the event for the last five years .

Kado Muir, Walkajurra Walkabout organiser: So if they ever got the approval to mine it, it would dig up a 50 kilometre area, taking uranium out of the ground, turning it over, extracting the ore, leaving radioactive materials behind, all this beautiful land will end up being a radioactive wasteland

Shirley Wonyabong was born on Yellerie in 1949 and is back to protest against the uranium projects proposed by miner Cameco.

Shirley Wonyabong, Yellerie Resident: My fatherwas working at Yackbindi forst and then to Wilunua, then Mrs Howard saw them on the side of the road. She was the manager for Yellerie and said we need workers at Yellerie so they came out here before I was born.

Shirley was joined by a strong contingent of traditional owners from across the Goldfields, as well as politicians and anti-nuclear activists and landowners .

Kado Muir: Basically all these people share this common goal with us the Aboriginal people of this land of keeping uranium in the ground and shutting down the nuclear industry.

Craig Quartermaine NITV News, Yellarie