My mother is a Wunumbal Gaambera person, from the other side of the river. It’s called Bouganville Peninsula and it’s not far from Truscott (the air base). They used that years ago as an air base for the army, in WWII. When we got our native title back we got control of our country, and the air base. We don’t want anymore mining people coming out there, digging big holes in our country. They did that in the 1970s. BHP dug a big hole in my grandfather’s country, Ngarinin (Parry Harbour). Right now we’re trying to make the government realise that our country is sacred. We fought for native title - my father’s and my mother’s people. We want to keep our country stable, how it was millions of years ago. We want to keep it as it is, without mining destroying our country.
I am a member of Wunambal Gaambera Corporation. Whenever they need help I go and give them a hand, like going out and welcoming people in country. We have a lot of tourists out in our country now, so we have to smoke them, welcome them. And teach the young kids what we have to do when tourists come to our country. Let them know how to be safe, and where to go on their trip. I love doing art, it relaxes me. It gets our stories out there too, our traditional stories about our country, and how our people lived.. Our elders tell us we have to learn and share the right stories. We tell our stories through our art.”