Australia’s vast and unspoiled Kimberley region is under threat, with mining, pastoralism and irrigated agriculture driving an unprecedented land grab. UNDERMINED investigates the politics of an area now branded “the future economic powerhouse of Australia,” and what this means for our First People and their unique cultural landscapes. As pressure from industry exposes the limits of Indigenous land rights, what will remain of over 200 remote Aboriginal communities? We follow young leader Albert Wiggan, veteran cattleman Kevin Oscar and Senior Elder June Davis through David-and-Goliath battles to preserve their homelands, asking the question: for whose benefit is this development?
UNDERMINED advocates for Indigenous rights in relation to land, law and culture. Using the film as a catalyst for discussion and action, we will rally government, industry, and the international public for urgent social change.
UNDERMINED will change the conversation about development of Northern Australia to include Indigenous-led, owned and managed development, Indigenous science, cultural solutions and alternative industries around conservation and land management.
Under the direction of Albert Wiggan, Anne Poelina and impact leaders DAF, we have developed a detailed Impact Strategy to best leverage the film's publicity. Some activities include:
- online inventory of Aboriginal businesses in the Kimberley
- micro-docs for online, training, campaigning and education
- partnering on Pew's The Kimberley: Like Nowhere Else campaign,
to save the Fitzroy River
- community consultation report, to capture experiences with corporate
- speaker tour
- corporate and parliamentary screenings with report on corporate responsibility
This strategy is still at draft stage, and our next step is to travel to the Kimberley for further consultation around these plans ahead of the film's cinema release.
We are urgently seeking $20,000 to take the film to the Kimberley on a tour of remote communities before the wet season sets in this year.
Although the key participants have seen the film, it is important to share it with the broader language groups, and to do further consultations around the Impact Strategy before the cinema release in February 2019. Our destinations include:
- Muludja - home to June and Mervyn's family
- Fitzroy Crossing - home to Kevin and the Oscars
- Halls Creek - home to Josie's family
- Wyndham - home to Floyd and Oombulgurri mob
- Kununurra - home to Merle and Oombulgurri mob
- Ngallagunda (Gibb River) - home to Nancy and Alfie
- Derby - home to Nancy and Alfie's family
- Balginjirr - home to Anne Poelina
- Broome - home to Peter Yu
- Beagle Bay - home to Albert, Rennie & Venessa
After each community screening, we will capture the discussion and gather evidence and opinions from those being impacted by development to be tabled with key decision-makers. We will work with community and research partners to generate this report.
The Kimberley covers an area roughly three times the size of England, so we need your support to make this happen!