S3E10 Djab Wurrung Sacred Trees

Episode Summary

This week we chat to the people who have been protesting the controversial western Highway upgrade near Ararat. Djab Wurrung Heritage Protection Embassy has been existing amongst the contested trees for three years and this week one of the significant trees was cut down and others were at great risk. Protesters scrambled into action – some scaled trees and tied themselves in and others supported from the ground and started legal processes. In this episode we speak with the leader of the protest movement Zellanach Djab Mara and others who have been involved in the protest.

Saltgrass is produced in Castlemaine, on Djaara country, home of the Dja Dja Wurrung people. This episode was recorded on Djab Wurrung country. We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging.

Illustration for this episode by Trace Balla


Go to their facebook group to join in on the benefit gig on the 7th of November.

News related to this weeks action:

ABC coverage

SMH coverage

Alternate perspective from Ruben Berg

This episode was created in 2020 as part of a series called Turning the Goldfields Green. This series was created with support from MASGMAINfm and the Community Broadcasting Foundation.

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