“We are the river people our river is sacred it is our life it gives us the connection to our land and the beginning of creation. It is our duty to protect our BIRI (river) against the rapid demand of water supplies to the Mining Industry in the Bowen Basin. Urannah Creek and Broken River are the last wild rivers in this country and the biodiversity and the environment is untouched.” Ken Dodd, descendant Wiri and Birri people.
This river system is essential for all Birri Gaba people. We are guardians of the environment with support from our elders, families, countrymen, friends, ancestors and homelands to uphold the lore, the rights and interests, of the land and protect all who reside on it.
Our journey to keep Urannah pristine and safe for future generations is also part of a larger story of protecting country from coal mining. We have fought for years against Adani’s coal mine and railway that would run through Biri country.
Biri and Wiri Tradition Custodian taking part of national Water is Life roadside actions
Biri and Wiri Traditional Custodians and supporters standing against the Adani railway and mine.
Water is sacred, water is life.
SAVE OUR WATER
DHANNA YURIBAYA NIA NAHNI NIA BIRRI NIA GUMA
STAND STRONG FOR OUR LAND RIVERS AND BLOOD