A Chapter in the life of the Darlot / Wardandie Man
I am an Aborigine.
27/3/1999 Kalgoorlie Miner KCGM celebrates golden milestone.
The five-millionth ounce from the Fimiston gold room was allocated to bar number 11,007 but KCGM public affairs officer said there would be no pride of place for the bar and it would just get lost in the system .
The number indicates how many bars have been poured at the Fimiston gold room. Each bar weighs about 13 kgs and the gold poured since 1989 amounts to 210 tonnes.
Yet rising up out of the dust, squalor and misery in the centre of
all this, are the last descendants of our stone age people (my opinion)
who have had their lifestyle stolen away from them, by the dispossession
of our lands, and culture.
These people then become the fringe dwellers who mean no harm to anyone, they have been stripped of their dignity, but these people are no fools for they know that others have profited and will continue to profit from their misery.
"Where are the millions of dollars that comes into this town for the benefit of Aboriginal people?, Who profits from this massive injection of funds?".
As we can see the poor fringe dwellers certainly don't.
"So where has all the money gone?".
Ask the power brokers who have control of the purse strings, and who hold meetings in expensive Hotels or Motels to decide the plight of the fringe dwellers, and which people will benefit from this tax funded lottery. I reckon most of the wealth has been squandered on things like new vehicles, comfortable lifestyles and expensive meetings, that are of no benefit to the fringe dwellers at all.
These people are living in a cultural timewarp, with no hope for the future, they are the losers and are on the edge of deaths doorstep.
While my daughter was in Kalgoorlie in February 1999, she was walking down Maritaina Street in the centre of Kalgoorlie and what caught her eye was this sign that was written on the wall of the Commonwealth Bank, in the lane way. It just goes to show what type of sick people there are lurking around in lane ways getting a thrill out of doing things like this.
Mauritania Street Kalgoorlie
How safe must our people feel living in the confines of this Dominant Society. Things used to be different for our people. We used to live in an entirely different way than what we are expected to now. It was a hard life back then in many ways, yes. But it was how our Creator put us here to live that we miss so much. Our balance has been lost, and the authorities not allowing us to be who we are meant to be, makes it hard to live here with the rest of you who like to go against the balance of all living things within nature.
Until the colour of our skin can be established as an acceptable
mix within the Australians thought process, the violence that is waged
against us and all of nature will continue.
One instant was the time my mate Cyril Bodney got on the mad roller
coaster ride of drink, drugs and fast cars, and faster women, he then finished
up in a mental asylum for 8 years, where he became a walking zombie, when
I found out where he was and got him out, he was on 5 different lots of
tablets, I have now got him off the tablets, and all that is wrong with
him is loss of memory.
Cyril Bodney Former Light Weight Boxing Champion.
No wonder our young people are caught up on this mad roller coaster of drink, drugs and no respect for their elders, authority or themselves. " Where will it all end ?".
It would take enormous courage and the will to live for a person under such circumstances to shed the shackles of disadvantagment and to live a happy life.
These stories tell the tragic cycle of deprivation, Aboriginal people have been living under from generation to generation.
To the people of Kalgoorlie, Tourists, Tour Operators and other overseas visitors who come to this town and go around taking photos of my people who are less fortunate than themselves. Look listen and learn.
I Say "Shame, Shame On You".
Kalgoorlie Miner Tuesday 30th April 1999, page 3.
In-principle approval for camp,
A plan to establish a camp for Kalgoorlie- Boulder fringe dweller community has been given approval from a local native title representative body, according to the city council.
Last year the council voted to create a camp for a maximum of 30 people on the edge of Boulder.
I say "What a load of rubbish".
At a meeting in Boulder the manager from the main Aboriginal Community was complaining about living in third world conditions, ( because of their own mismanagement ), so why attempt to start something else off that will be a failure and a waste of money and no benefit whatsoever to the fringe dwellers.
When these plans fail the cry then is "I told you so their just wasting
I say "Who's fault is it that this has been allowed to happen".
People in high positions black and white wouldn't have the faintest idea on how to run a chook raffle.
"How many places are there in the Kalgoorlie area that are supposed to be catering for our people? . but are not doing so".
What ever is wrong with our black bureaucrats, they have all they want, their home, car, job and a good income, and their just playing around and stuffing up other peoples lives. All these things have been tried before and they have failed.
This is Legalized Genocide.
All across the state nearly every Aboriginal Reserve, has been closed down.
People who want to move back to their homelands must be encouraged to do, so with full support from all agencies.
The deprivation cycle must be broken.
We will survive
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