Mowla Bluff Kimberleys WA

Submitted: Friday, Apr 27, 2012 at 01:29
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Hi all.

Due to untoward events one is having to retreat to plan A.

Am interested in following up the track marked 'private road' to Dampier Downs/Mowla Bluff which starts 25 clicks sth of Roebuck plains RH..

Has anyone gained a permission for this please?

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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Friday, Apr 27, 2012 at 09:00

Friday, Apr 27, 2012 at 09:00
Hi John,

Can't help directly with your question, but the access to Dampier Downs from the north (from the highway on the western side of the Fitzroy ) doesn't seem to be restricted. A lot of kilometers, but it would be an interesting trip to go down that way with the hope of getting approval at Dampier Downs to explore and return to the bitumen using the track you've referred to.

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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Friday, Apr 27, 2012 at 20:40

Friday, Apr 27, 2012 at 20:40
Thanks John.

Was talking to Phil B tonight and he thought the DD people would have no objections to a polite request. I'll keep you informed.

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Follow Up By: Member - Andy A (WA) - Friday, Apr 27, 2012 at 23:06

Friday, Apr 27, 2012 at 23:06
Hi

the entrance Gate to Dampier Downs was locked two years ago. Therefore it might be advisible to phone Dampier Downs before travelling there.

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Reply By: Mick O - Friday, Apr 27, 2012 at 11:26

Friday, Apr 27, 2012 at 11:26
JB,

an enquiry of Equinox may be your best bet there.

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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Friday, Apr 27, 2012 at 20:41

Friday, Apr 27, 2012 at 20:41
Thanks Mick. Phil advised same; will do.

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Reply By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Saturday, Apr 28, 2012 at 00:46

Saturday, Apr 28, 2012 at 00:46
Is Mowla Bluff not off limits to non-Indigenous people due to it being the site of a massacre of Aboriginal people many years ago?
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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Saturday, Apr 28, 2012 at 00:53

Saturday, Apr 28, 2012 at 00:53
Hi Paul.

I hadn't heard of that but a search gave me the link here:

Mowla Bluff Massacre - ABC Report


Many thanks.

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Follow Up By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Saturday, Apr 28, 2012 at 09:38

Saturday, Apr 28, 2012 at 09:38
I had dealings with the Jarlmadangah people 10 or 15 years ago when they were trying to get past the decades of bad memories and trauma they had lived with for 80-odd years. I had the sense the whole thing was very fragile for them and even listing it on the WA Register of Aboriginal Sites involved endless discussion, so I would imagine the notion of white fellas visiting the site would be a complete anathema to them.

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Follow Up By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Saturday, Apr 28, 2012 at 09:58

Saturday, Apr 28, 2012 at 09:58
Having said that, and now done my own google search & read everything there is to read, it appears the Jarlmadangah people may have reached some level of peace about the Mowla Bluff Massacre, so establishing a relationship with them may well gain you access.

They are wonderful people and quite open the white fellas of good will who can bring something of value to them (which is generally NOT money). It is not uncommon for people to stay with them for months and help build something or teach in the school or develop skills or relationships of value for their community.

I have met several such people who thought whilst they had bought undoubted benefits to Jarlmadangah, they were in no doubt that they had received greater benefits for themselves. As the old saying goes, giving has its rewards.

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