Save the Sacred Gums at Langi Ghiran

Dear Premier, 

We are very concerned your Government is proposing to cut down approximately 3000 gum trees, including hundreds of Old Growth gum trees at Langi Ghiran for the widening of the Western Highway.

A number of these trees are sacred birthing trees to Tjap Wurrung people. The oldest of the birthing trees are estimated to be several hundred years old. They are deeply significant to our women and our songlines run through them.

These gum trees have also been used by Aboriginal families for shelter, baking tubers and other food in earth ovens.

The whole area is incredibly culturally significant to my people, but these endangered grassy woodlands are also environmentally very significant. They are habitat to a number of endangered and vulnerable species, including the Dwarf Galaxias, the Spiny Rice-Flower and Golden Sun Moth.

These enormous, ancient trees are sacred and irreplaceable, yet your Government and VicRoads are treating them as though they are expendable and trivialising their significance.

The local community has been protesting the destruction of these and thousands of other trees since 2014.

We join them in calling on you to immediately halt the destruction of the sacred Gum Trees and ensure they are protected under the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act.

We also ask that the government go back to the drawing board on the widening of the Western Highway in this area. There have been significant blunders in the environmental assessment, as well as the cultural assessment, and we have no faith in the process. We ask that you properly consult with the community to find an alternative route or options for the road that has minimal environmental and cultural damage.

Yours sincerely,

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  • Elizabeth Ellen
    signed 2018-08-17 06:44:53 +1000
    Women’s sacred places have to be saved and protected. These places are part of who we are as human beings, all of us, indigenous and non-indigenous. We cannot let these sacred trees and the knowledge that they hold just disappear.
  • Joe Erftemeyer
    signed 2018-08-16 18:51:40 +1000
    We should not need to destroy our irreplaceable old trees for a road widening. VicRoads has done this before and it has to stop. Just realign the road. It can be done.
  • Yanni Jiang
    signed 2018-08-14 22:52:44 +1000
  • Sarah Hall
    signed 2018-08-13 00:19:45 +1000
    Sarah Hall
  • subik baso
    signed 2018-08-08 21:21:27 +1000
  • James Kilby
    signed 2018-08-07 15:13:07 +1000
  • Barbara Loh
    signed 2018-08-06 22:26:06 +1000
    Barbara Loh
  • Gretel Templeton
    signed 2018-08-06 16:49:12 +1000
  • Jane Bayly
    signed 2018-08-06 16:45:09 +1000
  • Martin Oliver
    signed 2018-08-03 23:21:25 +1000
  • Keppel Cassidy
    signed 2018-08-03 16:35:09 +1000
    If you want to show respect for our First Nations peoples, then the first step is to listen to them. Tjaap Warrung people are clearly saying do not fell these trees, they are sacred!
  • Rev. Uncle Stephen True-Arrow
    signed 2018-07-30 21:05:56 +1000
  • Rebecca Chung
    signed 2018-07-30 15:46:51 +1000
  • pam connell
    signed 2018-07-28 17:50:46 +1000
  • Chris Sitka
    signed 2018-07-27 13:25:41 +1000
    Less than 1000 signatures is a very poor showing for an issue as important as this! Come on people. Sign and then take further action to protect the trees and sacred sites.
  • Kab Thethy
    signed via 2018-07-26 15:40:07 +1000
  • mary ellen
    signed 2018-07-25 23:44:50 +1000
  • Roger East
    signed 2018-07-25 21:05:46 +1000
    It’s relatively simple to re-route the road, BUT, we have to wait many, many years to replace these magnificent trees and we also lose the wildlife these trees support.
  • aine Fallon
    signed via 2018-07-25 13:14:36 +1000
  • Adel Mcdonald
    signed via 2018-07-24 20:21:15 +1000
  • Georgia Garvey-Hawke
    signed 2018-07-24 11:59:09 +1000
    Indigenous people and their history, culture, songlines, and Country matter FAR more than any road.

    As the Parks Victoria park notes for Langi Ghiran keenly observes: “through their rich culture Djab Wurrung people have been intrinsically connected to this Country, Lar-ne-jeering for tens of thousands of years. Caring for Country is the fabric of Indigenous social, spiritual, economic, and physical wellbeing, and is the basis of their cultural lore.”

    The Victorian Government cannot earnestly be working towards Treaty if they condone the destruction of these trees, this irretrievable heritage.
  • Remi Griffiths
    signed 2018-07-24 09:06:34 +1000
  • Iona Mackenzie
    signed 2018-07-24 03:31:38 +1000
  • Hannah Garvan
    signed via 2018-07-24 00:10:23 +1000
  • Marike van der Merwe
    signed 2018-07-23 16:29:36 +1000
  • Finbar Macdonald
    signed via 2018-07-23 15:45:38 +1000
  • Mischa Plant
    signed via 2018-07-23 11:50:37 +1000
  • Joyce Williams
    signed 2018-07-23 11:50:03 +1000
  • Sam Perryman
    signed via 2018-07-23 11:32:50 +1000
  • Beryl Langer
    signed 2018-07-23 11:09:13 +1000