Protect sacred Djapwurrung birthing trees from expansion of the Western Hwy by Vicroads.
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Sacred Djapwurrung birthing trees are due to be cut down by VicRoads any day now. Some of these trees are over 800 years old and have birthed more than 10,000 Djapwurrung babies.
A blockade to protect this sacred cultural heritage has been set up to stop the planned removal of 3000 trees, including 260 large old growth trees.
These trees are irreplaceable, not only for the Djapwuurung people, but also as important habitat for Australia's growing number of threatened species (please see attached article below) . A road however, can be redirected.
We ask that this impending destruction as part of Vicroads works be halted immediately, more appropriate respect for the concerns of the Djapwuurung community be taken into consideration, and that the most significant of the trees are protected.
Elders have asked that imagery of the sacred trees not be used online. I ask that this request be respected.
Edit: I previously stated that these trees are important habitat for the endangered South Eastern Red Tailed Black Cockatoo. I have since been informed that these particular birds are the subject of a government funded project to protect remaining habitat around Casterton, where there is a colony of approximately 1500 birds roosting and nesting. However, habitat loss is of very serious concern for a growing number of Australian native wildlife. Australia is the world leader in biodiversity loss, with more than 1300 flora species and 450 fauna species currently threatened with extinction. Please see this article to learn more: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/deficient-and-doomed-to-fail-experts-roast-threatened-species-plan-20180608-p4zkc3.html
Image: Funereal Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus) illustrated by Elizabeth Gould (1804–1841) for John Gould’s (1804-1881) Birds of Australia
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