Don’t bulldoze Aboriginal heritage: save the Butterfly Cave
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The Butterfly Cave is incredibly important to Awabakal women and the wider Aboriginal community - but a giant property developer called Roche Group want to destroy thousands of years of Aboriginal women’s history by building a massive housing development only 20 metres away.
It’s heartbreaking - the construction will damage our fragile cave and we are desperate to save our sanctuary.
If Roche Group is permitted to proceed with their housing development, construction will obliterate the journey path to the Cave and destroy the bushland that is a source of spiritual and physical sustenance.
On top of that, Roche Group is demanding women seek permission from them before visiting the site and a manager has threatened us with trespassing for continuing to go into the Butterfly Cave. In the past this manager has spied on us and we find Roche Group’s demands offensive and degrading.
The Cave is incredibly special to Aboriginal women. Generations of women have treasured this spiritual place and it continues to be a place of connection and cultural activity to this day.
Awabakal women have been urging Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton to intervene to save this precious site, but she has ignored our pleas and will not even meet with us.
The NSW Government and Lake Macquarie City Council planners couldn’t care less about Aboriginal women’s culture and history and plan to wipe out this most sacred and special place with the flick of their pen.
So what are we asking for? What will make ALL the difference? We are asking Minister Upton to increase the 20m buffer zone to 100m. A small change, a monumental difference.
Please join us as we fight to save our beautiful, sacred site.
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