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Understorey: Remembering Roe

Wednesday 6th December / presented by Elizabeth PO’ Adrian Glamorgan

Septimus Roe is famous: Western Australia's first Surveyor-General, with a Highway named after him, and a statue in Adelaide Terrace where his house used to be, and who in 1834 held the pack horses while Aboriginal people at Pinjarra were  massacred around him by Governor Stirling's punitive expedition.  Small wonder then, that Aboriginal descendants have not been enthralled by the prospect of Roe 8 bulldozing its way through the beautiful Beeliar Wetlands.  Yet lived history can be about forgiveness and new growth too. Whadjuk Noongar Corina Abraham speaks at the  "Never Again" celebration on Sunday at the Fremantle Town Hall, reflecting on the successful Stop Roe 8 campaign, the work still ahead, and a change of sentiment about the Roe legacy.  Understorey also hears from musician and activist Ewan Buckley, as well as Andrea Gaynor introducing the book launched that night,  "Never Again: Reflections on environmental responsibility after Roe 8" which calls for decisive action on transport planning, Aboriginal heritage, and much more.

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