Homeless: Visible But Forgotten

 Photo: Alexander Hayes

Photo: Alexander Hayes

'...Homelessness in Australia is under-reported and yet homeless people are subject to violence, predation, and harassment. To make the difference we must have empathy and the Australian government must be accountable for how these social issues are resolved."

A short film produced by the Institute of Social Justice and Human Rights (ISJHR), the National Indigenous Critical Response Service (NICRS), filmed and edited by Ngikalikarra Media, featuring Manna Incorporated and Street Friends Perth, Western Australia.

Many thanks to those who donated funds via our Facebook fundraising page to help support this project and bring awareness of this increasing issue in Australia.

On Australian Shores

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Summary

Personal accounts from those directly and indirectly affected by the Agriculture Protection Board (APB) herbicide spraying programs across the East Kimberley, West Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne & Murchison and Mid West of Western Australia.

Ngikalikarra Media and Project Supporters have committed to producing ‘On Australian Shores: Survivor Stories’, a series of short interviews with those who either worked for, volunteered or who were indirectly affected by the legacy of the Agricultural Protection Board (APB) spraying program during the 1970s -1980s across the East Kimberley, West Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne & Murchison and Mid West of Western Australia.

Media Release

Download the Media Release [ PDF 373 KB ] which contains;

  1. Letter to all Elected Members of the Australian Parliament;

  2. Action Plan;

  3. Press Release;

  4. Investor Prospectus;

  5. Regional Documentary / Episodes.


radio

Radio Interview

Eugene McMahon was interviewed by Sandy Dann at Goolarri Media regarding the APB ‘On Australia Shores: Survivor Stories’ documentary and project.
14th November 2018 - Download the MP3 [ 18.8 MBs ]


West Kimberley Documentary Screening

Broome, Western Australia

Wednesday, 21st November 2018
Hall 1 - Lotteries House, Cable Beach Road, Broome, Western Australia
Opening 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Tea & Coffee provided
FREE ENTRY
Numbers Limited  - FOAF Facebook Registration
https://www.facebook.com/events/782290792122051/
Download flyer [ 225kb PDF ]


 Photo: ABC News - Eugene G. McMahon

Photo: ABC News - Eugene G. McMahon


RADIO INTERVIEW

ABC Kimberley

“.. Eugene McMahon is the Executive Producer and Cultural Advisor for Ngikalikarra Media for the series called "On Australian Shores: Survivor Stories". The APB workers sprayed weeds using a dioxin called 2,4,5-T in the 1970s and 80s without protective equipment.”

20th November 2018 - Access the recording online [ HTML ]


EAST KIMBERLEY DOCUMENTARY SCREENING

Derby, Western Australia

Friday, 23 November 2018
Civic Centre, Loch Street, Derby, Western Australia
Opening 6:30PM - 9:00 PM - Tea & coffee provided
FREE ENTRY
Numbers Limited - Open Public
https://www.facebook.com/events/311658609655042/
Download flyer [ 238kb PDF ]


Kununurra, Western Australia

Thursday, 29th November 2018
Kununurra, Western Australia
Opening 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
FREE ENTRY
Numbers Limited - Open Public
Venue TBA
Download flyer [ kb PDF ]


 Photo: Eugene McMahon, WA Parliament, Perth, Western Australia by Alexander Hayes

Photo: Eugene McMahon, WA Parliament, Perth, Western Australia by Alexander Hayes


Letter to All Elected MemberS of the Australian Parliament


1st November 2018

Dear

RE: On Australia Shores: Survivor Stories Project

We bring to your attention a matter of  both utmost importance and unjustifiable legacy which has not yet been addressed by the Australian Government despite numerous commissioned reports and scientific studies.

Throughout many regions of Australia the Agriculture Protection Board (APB) and other Government agencies employed workers to spray ‘weeds’ with herbicides and defoliants including 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T ( 2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid is the chemical which received notoriety after it was extensively used as a defoliant in the Vietnam war). The toxic effect of spraying without correct training nor personal protection equipment (PPE) from 1975 through to late 1985 as per Worksafe guidelines has been catastrophic on workers and their Families.

Our research indicates that these workers fulfilled their duties in conditions that also exposed their families and intergenerational siblings  to these known toxins via their work clothes, vehicles and work equipment. According to Dr. Anne Poelina who also lost a Brother and many Family members over the last forty years, this has been a wilful, systematic and purposefully negligent system with genocidal implications.

This project has been in development since 1979 when Agriculture Protection Board (APB) workers in the Kimberley region of Australia demonstrably exhibited physiological and psychological effects of toxicity due to exposure in their workplace. This matter is considered by those who have been affected directly and indirectly as Australia’s ‘worst kept secret’ and many call for recognition, compensation and closure, especially Lucy Marshall OAM whose Sons remains are still kept in Australian Government medical warehouses against all cultural beliefs.

We hereby place yourself on notice as a duly elected member of the Australian Parliament to address this matter promptly as follows;

  1. Communicate directly with Eugene McMahon, Executive Producer and Cultural Advisor for the ‘On Australian Shores: Survivor Stories’ project;

  2. Schedule a face-to-face or web conference meeting with Eugene McMahon to receive a background briefing on the project.


In all instances please direct your written correspondence as noted in the header. All other verbal correspondence and communications regarding this matter to be directed through Executive Producer & Cultural Advisor, Eugene McMahon.


Yours Sincerely,

Eugene G. McMahon
Executive Producer & Cultural Advisor
On Australia Shores: Survivor Stories Project


Action Plan

Action Plan: APB Survivors


On behalf of the People,

We demand answers.

Questions have already been asked for thirty years from all the Families that have been impacted by the the use of 2,4,5-T and other toxic chemicals as part of the Australian Governments endorsed weed eradication programs in Australia.

The ‘On Australian Shores: Survivor Stories’ Project has provided Families who have lost loved ones with an opportunity to relate their stories on camera, despite their heartache. Their statements and our research, have highlighted the lack of duty of care of the Australian Government and the misleading information the victims were provided with during their time of employment.

Despite successive inquiries, reports and extensive press coverage these Families still have no answers to the questions that have been exhaustively posed to all government authorities, such as the whereabouts and return of human remains still housed in medical warehouses.

Recommendations made in those reports have been ignored and continued inaction from all levels of government still prevails in 2018.

Those Families demand answers, recognition and compensation. The Australian Government needs to own this issue and be accountable for this genocide.


Press Release

‘On Australian Shores: Survivor Stories’

- Personal accounts from those directly and indirectly affected by the Agriculture Protection Board (APB) herbicide spraying programs across the East Kimberley, West Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne & Murchison, and Mid West, Western Australia -

Ngikalikarra Media are producing ‘On Australian Shores: Survivor Stories’, a series of short interviews, episodes, and documentaries from differing Australian regions with people who were directly and indirectly affected by the legacy of the Agricultural Protection Board (APB) spraying program in Western Australia.

Survivors and their Families provide personal stories on camera or audio recounting what they consider is Australia’s ‘worst kept secret’. Participants were/are invited to engage in ‘yarning’ conversation, recounting their knowledge of this largely untold and unheard Australian tragedy.

“...We talk about the Stolen Generation...this was worse than that. That's the only way I can describe it." - Ernest William James Hunter, Nyikina Elder, Derby, Western Australia, October 2018

All inquiries regarding this initiative can be directed to Eugene McMahon, Executive Producer, Cultural Advisor at www.ngikalikarra.org/contact or +61 401 472 700

Note: Due to the distressing content, all short films produced and shared by international social media, online repositories or by hard disk are prefaced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural warnings. Direct consent to record, edit and aggregate these stories are retained on film at the point of conversation.


Investor Prospectus

Ngikalikarra Media is seeking your help as an INVESTOR in the production of the ‘On Australian Shores: Survivor Stories’ documentary films.

Many people across Australia have suffered catastrophic illnesses as a result of working with 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T herbicides. Extensive research conducted by Ngikalikarra Media has identified a need to listen to, record and share these stories with the wider public as in many cases there has been no recognition, no apology, and no compensation.

With your financial support, we will gain interviews, location scenes and cutaways with survivors and their families in your region to complete interviews, episodes and regional documentary films. (each documentary is 51 minutes and 50 seconds in duration).

Your investment will be rewarded by featuring your name, institution or company logo in:

  1. Website - ‘On Australian Shores: Survivor Stories’ film series website page/s;

  2. Media - All media and social media announcements, posts or shares;

  3. Regional Documentary Film -  Film trailer ‘Supporters’ slide/s with names/logos;

  4. Significant Events - Documentary film premiere & printed event program.

For further information regarding this important investment opportunity please contact:

Eugene G. McMahon (Executive Producer & Cultural Advisor)
Alexander Hayes (Filmmaker)
Magali McDuffie (Lead Researcher)


Regional Documentaries - Episodes


The Ngikalikarra Media Project team is interviewing and sharing the stories of survivors and Families from each region as ‘episodes’ across social media. Each interview is released as an episode and then as part of that regional documentary. It is envisaged that the Ngikalikarra Media Project Team will visit and record, produce and screen documentaries from the following regions; (1) East Kimberley, (2) West Kimberley, (3) Pilbara, (4) Gascoyne & Murchison and (5) Mid West Western Australia.

West Kimberley: Episodes & Documentary


Project supporters Amanda and Peter McCasker as well as Colin McCumstie, Sons Cain and Dale McCumstie have provided financial and communications support to produce the West Kimberley region episode playlist at https://goo.gl/AYmAJ1



Protecting Country Film

The Protecting Country film trailer is available at https://vimeo.com/225430681


'PROTECTING COUNTRY'

A documentary film brought to you by Ngikalikarra Media.

SCREENINGS ROAD TRIP

 Final project journey detailing route from Canberra, ACT to Broome, Western Australia - total kilometres travelled were 7,741 kilometres

Final project journey detailing route from Canberra, ACT to Broome, Western Australia - total kilometres travelled were 7,741 kilometres

ABOUT

Bruce Hammond, an Aboriginal Tanganekald man with ties to the coast in the lower South East of South Australia and the central desert regions of Finke and Alice Springs in conjunction with Alexander Hayes & Magali McDuffie from Ngikalikarra Media brought the ‘Protecting Country’ documentary film on a screening road trip across Australia. 

The road trip took 14 days to complete and we travelled over 7741 kilometres through some of the most remote regions of Australia.

Alexander Hayes was accompanied by photographer Liam Wille on this road trip who was responsible for documenting community consultation and also providing additional cut away footage photographs for the final cut of the film.

 

PROJECT TEAM

Bruce-Hammond

BRUCE HAMMOND

Community Liaison

Bruce is an Aboriginal man with ties to the coast in the lower South East of South Australia and the central desert regions of Finke and Alice Springs. Bruce has a long history of asserting his birth rights to connect and protect country. He is a passionate advocate for Aboriginal land rights, caring for, protecting Country and Justice. You can find out more about Bruce here - http://www.blakaz.media/


Magal-McDuffie

MAGALI MCDUFFIE

Filmmaker

Magali was responsible for the film community consultation and the film shoot across country in 2016. Magali has edited the film and will finalise the production upon the project journey footage completion. Magali lives in Broome and is a world acclaimed filmmaker, researcher and academic. You can find out more about Magali here.


Alexander-Hayes

ALEXANDER HAYES

Photographer / Producer

Alexander will lead the project team from Canberra through to Broome with the assistance of the communities and the lead contacts from Canberra through country.  Alexander lives in Broome and has strong ties to the Nyikina community and a long time connection with country across Australia. You can find out more about Alex here.


Liam-Wille

LIAM WILLE

Photographer

Liam will be travelling with the project team from Canberra to Broome documenting community consultations, public forums, environment and other project documentation. Liam is an acclaimed photographer with a very bright future in his chosen field. View Liam's amazing photographs at https://500px.com/liam_wille


PROJECT PROMO CLIP


WHO

The  film features many well known Aboriginal Elders and leaders from South Australia who provide their account of how important it is for all Australian’s to protect country from past, present and planned uranium mining and nuclear dump activities. Contributors featuring in this film include Karina Lester, Bruce Hammond, Regina McKenzie, Tauto Sansbury, Vince Coulthard, Sharpie Coulthard, Ty Butler, James Butler, Clarrie Coulthard, Stephen Atkinson and Steven Harrison.
 

WHEN

The road trip commenced on the 17th July 2017 departing from Canberra, Australia travelling through and featuring private and public screenings  in the cities and towns of Canberra, Condobolin, Hay, Balranald, Mildura, Adelaide, Hawker, Nepabunna and Iga Warta.

We had intended on then travelling through Maree, William Creek, Oodnadatta, Coober Pedy, Marla, Alice Springs, Yuendumu, Tanami, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing, Derby and through to Broome, Western Australia. 

We had intended on then travelling through Maree, William Creek, Oodnadatta, Coober Pedy, Marla, Alice Springs, Yuendumu, Tanami, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing, Derby and through to Broome, Western Australia. 

Whilst we were in Iga Warta we heard news that Yami Lester, late Father of Karina Lester who features in the film had sadly passed away.

Yami Lester is and always will be a key figure, a leader and respected anti-nuclear campaigner, a Yankunytjatjara man, an Indigenous person of northern South Australia. Lester, who survived nuclear testing in outback Australia, best known as an anti-nuclear and indigenous rights advocate - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yami_Lester 

To honour cultural sorry business and to respect the rights of Yami's Family and Relatives we did not screen the first cut of the Protecting Country film as we travell edup from Port Augusta and onto Coober Pedy, Alice Springs, Katherine, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing, Derby and Broome - read more about this here > http://www.ngikalikarra.org/news/2017/7/24/james-yami-lester

Public and private screenings of the film were resumed with cultural consultation as of the 17th August 2017 with a screening of the second cut of the film at the Djugun Community of Coconut Wells, Broome, Western Australia.

 

WHERE

Public and private screenings were held across the following locations of the first and second rough cuts of the 'Protecting Country' film.

6 July 2017 - Wille Household, ACT Canberra Australia
11 July 2017 - McDuffie Household, ACT Canberra, Australia
12 July 2017 - National Parks Head Office, Weston, Canberra  ACT
12 July 2017 - Ellie Gilbert residence, Kingsley ACT
16 July 2017 - ANU Food Co-op & Cafe - 3 Kingsley St, Canberra ACT 2601 - 6:30 PM
17th July 2017 - Condobolin, Wiradjuri Studies Centre, Condobolin NSW - 1:00 PM
18th July - Winch Family residence, Balranald - 5:30PM
19th July 2017 - Mildura Mallee District Aboriginal Services, Mildurah - 1:00PM
20th July 2017 - Adelaide - 'The Joinery', 111 Franklin St, Adelaide SA 5000 7:30 PM
21st July 2017 - Port Augusta, South Australia
22nd July 2017 - Hawker, South Australia
23rd July 2017 - Iga Warta Community, South Australia
23rd July 2017 - Nepabunna Community, South Australia
24th July 2017 - Bungala Aboriginal Corporation, Port Augusta, South Australia
24th July 2017 - Umeewarra Aboriginal Media Association, Port Augusta, South Australia
18th August 2017 - Coconut Wells Community, Broome, Western Australia
 

 Screening of the 'Protecting Country' film at Coconut Wells, Broome, WA on the 18th August 2017

Screening of the 'Protecting Country' film at Coconut Wells, Broome, WA on the 18th August 2017


WHY

The mining of uranium and the nuclear debate in Australia continues to divide communities and devastate the Australian environment. Nuclear tests in the 1950’s and the 1960’s have catastrophically affected Aboriginal nations and communities across South Australia. This film brings those voices forward which popular news and media negate as well as provide anyone who interacts with this journey an opportunity to provide feedback to the Ngikalikarra Media team.

 

SPONSORS

A call for sponsorship across social media platforms and direct marketing was made in mid June 2017 and throughout the screenings road trip.

You can download the sponsorship prospectus here 

Sponsorship funding was used towards the costs of fuel for transport, accommodation, meals and any additional hiring of equipment. We are immensely grateful to the following contributors for making this return of film back on country possible.


Isabelle Boreham
Dilys Norrish
James Osinga
Nola Crocket & the Stokers Siding Community, NSW
Glenelg Art Gallery, Glenelg, South Australia
Wiradjuri Languange Centre, Condobolin, NSW, Australia
Stephan Ridgway
Julie Collereda
Deb Meleluca
Christopher Simpson
Ingvar & Chrystle Wille
Sunshine Connelly
Steven Atkinson
Will Kirtland

The project team raised $1350 in sum total in cash and were also afforded free accomodation, meals and other hospitality on the trip from Canberra as far as Coober Pedy, South Australia.

The remainder of the trip from Coober Pedy through to Broome, Western Australia was completed using our own funding.

Supporters
 

  • Bruce Hammond - for managing the journey, connecting us with Australian Aboriginal communities right across and supporting the journey from afar;
  • Jono - for hosting the Canberra viewing; 
  • Rue Wiradjuri for her support and encouragement to get this film out onto country;
  • Roxley Foley for his inspirational speech during the Canberra screening at the Co-op about country and the importance of protecting it for future generations;
  • Ally Coe - General Manager from the Wiradjuri Condobolin Corportaion Ltd. for hosting, supporting and connecting us with the Wiradjuri community in Condobolin, NSW;
  • Kirstyn Thronder - from the Shire of Hay, NSW for hosting and disseminating the film to the many Aboriginal Land Councils in the wheatbelt region of NSW;
  • Winch Family - Tom and Patsy Winch Balranald for hosting, receiving and helping our journey in Balranald NSW.