Traditional Custodians to rally against Santos’ destructive Pilliga gasfield plans

A national day of action will be held tomorrow (Thursday, December 3) as members of the Gomeroi/Gamilaroi/Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay Nation and their allies rally in opposition to Santos’ Narrabri gasfield, following Federal Government approval last week.

The main protest will be held in Canberra with support from the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, while other members of the Gomeroi diaspora will rally in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne.

In Brisbane, Gomeroi people and their supporters will take their grievances to Santos directly, with plans to protest outside Santos Place at 32 Turbot Street.

Gomeroi Traditional Owner and event organiser Polly Cutmore, who has traveled to Canberra from her home in Moree said, “We are calling on all our mob and anyone who loves and respects Gomeroi country to let these politicians know they don’t make decisions for us.

“Sussan Ley has not taken notice of the majority of people who live on Gomeroi Country and oppose this gasfield.

“She has ignored us, the scientists, the farmers, so many people, and we’ve had enough.

“She should meet with us and tell us directly why she has ignored 23,000 submissions opposing this gasfield, and why she is relying on Santos’ word.

“We also call on Santos investors to come down and join us First Nations people. They should invest in us because we are the people who want to maintain clean water, land, and air in our country.”

Fellow Gomeroi Traditional Owner Gwenda Stanley said, “Sussan Ley doesn’t live on Gomeroi Country, she’s got no bloodline to our country, and has never been out there to discuss anything with us.

“We are resilient. We are calling on all Australians, solidarity groups, everyone, come and join us in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.

“We’re going to fight this gasfield because it threatens to poison our people, our country. Yanaay Santos.”