Biodiversity publications archive

Country in flames

Proceedings of the 1994 symposium on biodiversity and fire in North Australia - Biodiversity series, Paper no. 3
Deborah Bird Rose (editor)
Biodiversity Unit
Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories and the North Australia Research Unit, The Australian National University, 1995

Fire in the Kimberley

Patrick Green
Junjuwa Association, Fitzroy Crossing, WA

To speak about the fire in the Kimberleys, as with all Aboriginal areas throughout Australia, you don't speak widely of a specific area like the Kimberley.

I'm a Bunaba person and I don't speak for all of Bunaba land other than my family area, like you've heard from previous speakers.

I don't think there's really all that much for me to say other than, I think you've heard a lot of stuff from a lot of people, even the archaeologist who's probably taken a few words out of my mouth. And the archaeologist working in our area.

Fire is an important tool to the Aboriginal people and we will always continue to use it, but our State (WA) doesn't allow Aboriginal people to even wander onto other people's land even onto our own traditional land, to even carry out our activity. So, one of the ways we've managed to get around that was to buy up Aboriginal pastoral land for us to have access to, to continue our traditional use of the land.

That's all I've got to say. Thanks.