Report from Muckaty rally in Tennant Creek – 8 May 2011

Ownership of nuclear waste site disputed
Lindsay Murdoch in Tennant Creek
May 9, 2011

Yesterday Aborigines opposed to building the dump on Muckaty and environmentalists staged a symbolic blocking of a bridge near Tennant Creek to signal they will blockade the site if the dump is built there.

A traditional owner, Dianne Stokes, said the passing of the bill would be only the start of a fight by her Warlmanpa tribe. ”We will never give up … people have given away land that doesn’t belong to them,” she said.

Aboriginal elders have warned of inter-clan clashes in Tennant Creek, a town already struggling to cope with alcohol-related violence, if the dump is built.

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