Letter to the Editor, The Northern Star
I was the elected councillor representing the North Coast Region on the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) from December 2010 to August 2011.
It has been mentioned to me that people are insinuating that I, as a councillor, was party to the NSWALC decision to apply for the petroleum exploration licences in the North Coast. I deny this.
In my time as councillor it was never mentioned about exploration licences on the North Coast.
My belief is that such decisions should come from the local level and not from the top down.
I personally find it repulsive that NSWALC made the decision they did without having the decency to talk with local Aboriginal land councils and other indigenous stakeholders. Shame on them.
Big brother has again returned to Aboriginal affairs.
I do not have an issue with mining where it is culturally and environmentally okay. The beautiful North Coast is not the place to pillage.
Dallas Donnelly, Grafton
Source: Letters, The Northern Star, 30/3/12