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The Awabakal Women's Butterfly Cave Is a Sacred Place That Must Be Saved! PETITION - PLEASE SIGN

Business  (tags: Australia, New South Wales, Aboriginal sacred site, Awabakal women's Butterfly Cave, Lake Macquarie City Council, Roche development, housing estate )

- 795 days ago -
Each signature on the petition triggers an email to the new Ministers responsible for Aboriginal heritage. Let's make sure they get the message. The Awabakal women's Butterfly Cave is a sacred site at risk. NSW govt must act NOW - 24 April is deadline


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Animae C (509)
Thursday April 20, 2017, 1:43 am
8,749 supporters

Thanx for finding & posting it Evelyn!!

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday April 20, 2017, 1:53 am
You can follow the situation on
Save the Butterfly Cave

This is the most recent petition - NB - DEADLINE 24 APRIL.

An earlier one was posted
ONLY WEEKS LEFT! Please Help Us... Petition

PLEASE - SIGN BOTH - NOTE BOTH - Get both on the Front Page & visible, to muster as many signatures as possible!

Sieglinda P (0)
Thursday April 20, 2017, 2:16 am
You’re one of 8,768 people to sign this petition.

Sonia M (59)
Thursday April 20, 2017, 3:00 am
S&N;thanks for sharing

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 20, 2017, 3:03 am
signed this too - the one from Glennis I've already done earlier; Thanks Evelyn :)

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 20, 2017, 4:18 am
I've signed both the petitions.

Tina F (113)
Thursday April 20, 2017, 4:22 am
A sacred place is a sacred place! This one is sacred for people and a home for butterflies! What is wrong in Australia? Destroying the reef even more for coal and sacred places for housing? Thanks Evelyn!

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday April 20, 2017, 4:35 am

Teresa W (782)
Thursday April 20, 2017, 5:04 am
noted, signed and shared

Peggy B (43)
Thursday April 20, 2017, 6:47 am
Signed # 8894

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday April 20, 2017, 7:02 am
You signed “NSW Government MUST ACT NOW to save the Awabakal women's Butterfly Cave site from development!”

Will also share. Having just spent time in our butterfly garden that my granddaughter and I made I'm very much in this zone of butterflies.

Of to sign that 2nd petition you left in the comment Evelyn

W. C (7)
Thursday April 20, 2017, 9:22 am
Thank you.

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Thursday April 20, 2017, 11:27 am
S&N, Thanks

Animae C (509)
Thursday April 20, 2017, 2:15 pm
It's the same petition Evelyn, Glennis posted the original & you have posted the update.

donald Baumgartner (6)
Thursday April 20, 2017, 2:53 pm

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday April 20, 2017, 3:34 pm
8,993 supporters
1,007 needed to reach 10,000
Signed and shared petition over social media

ONLY WEEKS LEFT! Please Help Us... Petition
8,996 supporters
1,004 needed to reach 10,000
Signed and shared petition over social media.

Bonnie Lynn M (1)
Thursday April 20, 2017, 7:02 pm
Petition signed. Thank you

Colleen L (3)
Thursday April 20, 2017, 7:40 pm
Petition signed, Thanks Evelyn

Kay M (46)
Thursday April 20, 2017, 10:42 pm
Good evening and thank you for this article- which i read and noted- also the petition- which i signed tonight #9108 sincerely KAY M.

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 20, 2017, 11:18 pm
Signed thanks

Dawnie W (250)
Friday April 21, 2017, 1:34 am
❤️❤️Noted... ❤️❤️Thank you...Christeen❤️❤️

😉💜ღ❤️Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ😺♥L💜ve, Hugs and Peace go with you all♥😺Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ💛ღ❤️😉

Dawnie W (250)
Friday April 21, 2017, 1:36 am
❤️❤️Noted... ❤️Done it again. I'm so tired and in so much pain that I don't see mistakes like I should.❤️Thank you...Evelyn❤️❤️

😉💜ღ❤️Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ😺♥L💜ve, Hugs and Peace go with you all♥😺Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ💛ღ❤️😉

Evelyn B (63)
Friday April 21, 2017, 1:51 am
No problem, Dawn - I know that adding special notes within your message takes enormous extra effort, and adds to your pain, so little mistakes are not important!
Take care of yourself

Farah Hage Ali (154)
Friday April 21, 2017, 7:55 am
noted and signed, thank you for sharing

Paola Scodellari (11)
Friday April 21, 2017, 9:10 am

Doris F (19)
Friday April 21, 2017, 1:25 pm
signed, thank you Evelyn

John B (185)
Friday April 21, 2017, 4:28 pm
Thanks Evelyn for sharing the link. Signed previously. Post noted.
"9,270 supporters
730 needed to reach 10,000"

Judy C (91)
Saturday April 22, 2017, 1:41 am
This place is incredibly valuable, and must be protected. Signed & will Tweet. Thanks Evelyn.

Judy C (91)
Saturday April 22, 2017, 1:45 am
Also did 2nd petition. Thanks Glennis.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday April 22, 2017, 2:53 am
9,354 supporters
646 needed to reach 10,000
Reshared over social media.

Lisa M (15)
Saturday April 22, 2017, 8:25 am

Ken L (28)
Saturday April 22, 2017, 9:22 am
Signed and noted , thanks Evelyn.

fly bird (26)
Saturday April 22, 2017, 7:12 pm

Sunday April 23, 2017, 3:52 am
APR 23, 2017 — Despite 38,000+ people signing our petition asking Bill and Imelda Roche (Hunter Valley Gardens, Harrigans Hotels, Roche Estate) to revise their subdivision plans and protect the Butterfly Cave at West Wallsend, we can report that they have failed to acknowledge our campaign and are committed to the destruction of Awabakal heritage.

In addition to exposing Roche Group’s trenchant contempt for the voices of Aboriginal women, our campaign has thrown a spotlight on the failure of the NSW Government to protect sites of significance – in particular the utter incompetence demonstrated by the department tasked with protecting heritage – the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).

If Roche Group members are determined to pursue this act of sanctioned ethnocide, we are equally prepared to demand that the NSW Government intervenes.

Please consider signing our petition at:

This petition is directed to the three women who have the responsibility and the capacity to protect our site: Premier Gladys Berejiklian; Minister Gabrielle Upton (Office of Environment and Heritage) and Minister Sarah Mitchell (Aboriginal Affairs).

Why should the NSW Government intervene?
If OEH had managed the initial Aboriginal Place nomination for the Butterfly Cave with cultural awareness, diligence and conviction, the bitter fight over the gazetted 20m “buffer” zone would have been averted.

If OEH were committed to the protection of Aboriginal culture, they would have responded to our most recent application for an extension of the Butterfly Cave Aboriginal Place boundaries (that would protect the Cave from construction vibration AND allow the retention of significant songline bushland).

The extension application, lodged in December 2016, has been widely supported by Aboriginal groups. In spite of numerous emails requesting advice on the process, the only information OEH is prepared to divulge is that staff are “reviewing” the nomination.

This week, final submissions and peer-reviews of the Construction Management Plan (CMP) - that will inform the approval of Stage 7 - will be lodged with Lake Macquarie City Council (LMCCC). If LMCC approve the CMP our battle to save our precious site will reach a critical stage.

We strongly believe that the CMP cannot be approved on the basis that the Roche-Group-funded CMP does not guarantee the Cave will be safe from damage – but we are equally certain that LMCC will not have the capacity to deny Roche Group their approval.

We need the NSW Government to stop blathering about “sovereign risk” (Mark Speakman) in relation to this matter. We need them to stop pandering to the needs of multi-millionaire businessmen. We need them to draw a line and set a precedent - or every site that Aboriginal people deem significant in NSW will be at increased risk.

OEH made an error when they accepted a 20m “buffer” zone between the Butterfly Cave and McMansions was sufficient. We need them to admit this and make amends before this particularly beautiful, significant and venerated site is destroyed by a family company prepared to make a buck out of other people’s misery.

What is our petition goal?

Our goal is to reach 10,000 signatures by 24 April 2017. We currently have over 9,400. Please help us reach our goal so that the NSW Government will understand the depth of our despair.


Sunday April 23, 2017, 3:53 am
Thanks again.
Annie Freer

Roslyn McBride (26)
Sunday April 23, 2017, 2:56 pm
Noted & Signed - think this one is very important.

MmAway M (519)
Sunday April 23, 2017, 8:21 pm
10,293 supporters
4,707 needed to reach 15,000

TY Evelyn I did previous sign. SWAK & Hugs have a great week and thank you!

Margie FOURIE (148)
Monday April 24, 2017, 1:02 am

Margie FOURIE (148)
Monday April 24, 2017, 1:53 am
Thanks again

Gail Ring (89)
Monday April 24, 2017, 7:43 am

Jaime J (0)
Tuesday April 25, 2017, 4:36 am
thank you

Liliana Garcia (204)
Wednesday April 26, 2017, 7:54 pm
Signed. I hope this site is respected. It belongs o the universal heritage of the whole world.

Melania P (123)
Tuesday May 2, 2017, 11:18 am
Signed and shared
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