Fantastically Great Women who Saved the Planet

Kokatha women book launch

On December 10, 2021, the Wingfield Family hosted a special book launch at the Port Augusta Yacht Club to celebrate and share with the community a book called Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet, written and illustrated by Kate Pankhurst. The book features two important Aboriginal women from the Port Augusta/ Coober Pedy region, Mrs Wingfield and Mrs Brown.

The launch was attended by 80 people and over 100 books were given away, thanks to Bloomsbury and Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation. The launch heard speeches from a range of speakers and a special video from London based author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst and also Dave Sweeney from the Australian Conservation Foundation. The event included a showing of the Goldman prize presented by Mrs Wingfields great grand son Derrick Wingfield, showing of images from the exhibition ‘Talking Straight Out’ and a slide show of images spanning 30 years. The event MC was Glen Wingfield and speakers included Janice Wingfield, Tania Wingfield, Karina Lester, Sue Haseldine and Fiona Sutherland. The event included live music by Warren Milera and Jason Cox.

Sovereign Acts III Refuse – Unbound Collective

Unbound collective promotional image- photo of Faye Rosas Blanch

Saturday 24 November
8pm sunset performance
9:30pm fire yarn
Hart’s Mill grounds (west side), Port Adelaide

Sovereign Acts III – REFUSE is the third work in a trilogy of research, video and performance works by The Unbound Collective. Called Bound and Unbound: Sovereign Acts, the trilogy has explored the capacity of ideas to both bind and set free, alongside cultural continuance and institutional containment. The Unbound Collective brings together four First Nations women who are working across art, activism and academia.

Sovereign Acts III – REFUSE continues their investigation through the lens of community continuity, environmental campaigning, and the Port River. Through their ongoing research and collaborative practices Unbound are exploring critical-creative resistance and refusal to acts of environmental degradation on Aboriginal land, the role of Aboriginal women in caring for Country, intergeneration transmission of knowledge and sovereignty through protest.

Join Unbound and their collaborators (including performer and language activist, Dr. Lou Bennett, and violinist Katie Inawantji Morrison) for a very special evening event, in two parts, that brings together this research through performance, ceremony and conversation.

See the full creative and cultural team credits here:

Rally Don’t Dump on SA

Dont dump on SA rally poster

The federal government is currently deciding on whether to build a facility to house Australia’s nuclear waste at either Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula or near Hawker in the Flinders Ranges. More information can be found here and here.

Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan wants to make a decision on the waste dump by the end of the year.  This timing is based on politics, not need.  The time to act is now. He has said that he will not impose a dump on an unwilling community – join us on November 3rd and show him that SA is unwilling.

The Minister was going to partly base his decision on a ballot in the affected communities.  This is currently on hold and may not happen at all because the Barngarla people, Native Title Holders for Kimba, were granted an injunction in the Supreme Court of SA just before ballots were to commence. Their argument was that the exclusion of Native Title holders who did not live in the narrowly defined ballot areas was in breach of the Racial Discrimination Act. This court process has put the ballots in the Kimba district and also the Flinders Ranges area on hold. There is some uncertainty regarding whether the ballots will proceed at all yet the Minister is determined to choose one of the sites before the end of 2018.

We believe this is a statewide issue and we have legislation that bans such facilities – the SA Nuclear Waste Facility (Prohibition) Act 2000. The objects of this Act are “to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of SA and to protect the environment in which they live by prohibiting the establishment of certain nuclear waste storage facilities in this state.” This law is sensible and powerful and we want all our state politicians to use it to stop the federal government imposing a nuclear waste dump on SA.

Responsible radioactive waste management is a national issue that requires national scrutiny. It should not be the primary burden or sole choice of voters in a specific part of regional SA. Australia has a responsibility to properly manage its nuclear waste, and we are asking the federal government to set up an independent inquiry into to explore the full range of options.

Join us on 3rd November – We Still Say NO to a nuclear waste

Facebook event here Saturday, November 03, 2018 at 11:30 AMKaurna Land, Parliament House

Standing Strong Book Launch

tanding strong graphic- "Standing Strong 2015 - 2017. How South Australians won the campaign against an international high-level nuclear waste dump."

Come and grab your copy, join community and remember this story….

On 8 February 2015 SA Premier Jay Weatherill announced a Royal Commission into the nuclear industry and a major community campaign against plans for an international high level radioactive waste dump began.

The No Dump Alliance (NDA) has released a book about this campaign. ‘Standing Strong’ covers the key issues championed by Aboriginal and civil society groups opposed to the plan including the lack of Traditional Owner consent, dubious economics, the risks to people and the environment and the impact on future generations.

The book shows how South Australians hit the streets, organised community meetings, got involved online, signed postcards, attended information sessions, door-knocked MP’s and breathed a sigh of relief in June 2017 when the Premier conceded that the plan was “dead” and that his government would not pursue the plan.

Today, South Australia faces the proposal of a national nuclear waste site near Hawker in the Flinders Ranges and at Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula, come and hear about these issues and more.

fb event here.
Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 06:00 PM
The Gov in Hindmarsh, Australia

Don’t Dump on SA rally 2 Dec 2017

Dont dump on SA rally poster, 2017

On 7th June 2017 the No Dump Alliance welcomed the announcement from Premier Weatherill that he now considers the international high level nuclear waste dump is dead, vowing that Labor will not revisit if after the next state election. This is wonderful for South Australia, however our State still faces the prospect of a Federal low and intermediate radioactive waste dump.

The Federal government wants to build a nuclear waste ‘facility’ in SA. Some of this nuclear waste is a hazard for hundreds of years and some for over ten thousand years.  

South Australians said no the last time (1998-2004) the Federal government wanted to build a nuclear waste dump and more recently we said no to the plan to import high-level international nuclear waste. 

Please join us at Parliament House to send a clear message to the Federal government that SA is too good to waste.

Come to North Terrace, 11 am, Saturday December 2, 2017.
Please spread the word and come along with your family, friends, organisations and community groups. Together we can build a better, greener future from safer things than nuclear waste!