This is the Birri people. And this is their story. Birri in traditional language, means river.
Uncle Kenny now fights for this sacred country as he faces the proposal of the Urannah dam wall. The dam would inundate 53 kilometres of his land.
Ken Peters-Dodd and Kereama Peters
Urannah homelands of the Widi and Birri peoples of Birri Gaba Nation, Bowen river, QLD.
Water Futures was a three-day international, interdisciplinary event involving participants from across Australia and the Asia Pacific, held in Melbourne Australia in February 2017 and convened by Arts House, City of Melbourne as part of Asia TOPA.
Sun Salute – No More
No More lends its voice to the Original people of this land and to all those people around the world who’s cultural values, sacred protocols and ancient voices have been shunned behind government & media corruption and misinformation.
Murder on the Reef
Feature documentary trailer
An objective documentary about the Great Barrier Reef and current port expansion projects, which are adding to the decline of the Reef’s health.
In the film we are asking a question whether the Australian economy can flourish alongside its beautiful Reef? Is it a matter of “us versus them”, or is there hope for a sustainable future for everybody?
Hunt for the Irwin’s Turtle
ason Schaffer is a freshwater ecologist with a special interest in turtles. He will present on the work that has been done to improved scientific knowledge of Irwin’s Turtle.
Dr Cecilia Villacorta Rath is a researcher at James Cook University. She is developing techniques to understand the ecology of species in marine and freshwater systems by searching for DNA in the environment.
Irwin’s turtle to be in trouble if Urannah Dam development goes ahead
Mackay conservationists say the elusive Irwin’s turtle will be in trouble if the Urannah Dam development goes ahead. The turtles are only found in the Broken Bowen River, because they need the pristine waters to survive.
Keep Urannah Pristine. No Dam, Connection to Country.
Hear the insights of Ken Peters Dodd, a sovereign Birriah man whose ancestors were forced from their land west of Bowen in Queensland.
Now he has returned with his family to live on Birri country, perform ceremony and defend it from the proposed Urannah dam, from Adani’s plans and from climate change.
Giyou Peters Dodd gives a clear call for us all to clean up the planet. Senator Larissa Waters asks for a stronger indigenous voice and to clean up politics.
Journey to the Stone Country
Fiction novel set at Urannah while undertaking cultural surveys as part of previous attempts to dam Urannah.
Betrayed by her husband, Annabelle Beck retreats from Melbourne to her old family home in tropical North Queensland where she meets Bo Rennie, one of the Jangga tribe. Intrigued by Bo’s claim that he holds the key to her future, Annabelle sets out with him on a path of recovery that leads back to her childhood and into the Jangga’s ancient heartland, where their grandparents’ lives begin to yield secrets that will challenge the possibility of their happiness together. Buy the book.
We need your help
to protect our river, our environment and our culture
"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.” Descendant Wiri and Birri people.
We will be launching our campaign soon to build the people power to stop this dam.
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