Kabi kabi elder Aunty Bucky Tomlinson has written a letter about the serving of an eviction notice on Gympie Regional Council.
Kabi kabi elder Aunty Bucky Tomlinson has written a letter about the serving of an eviction notice on Gympie Regional Council. Craig Warhurst photographer The

Kabi Kabi elder wants justice following eviction notice debacle

A LETTER TO THE EDITOR FROM KABI KABI ELDER AUNTY BUCKY

I AM a Kabi Kabi Elder of the Sovereign Tribes from the Gympie region.

I am one of the Elders who authorised the action to serve a tribal eviction notice to the Mayor and the Gympie Regional council.

This action was taken as a last effort to inspire the Australian Government to cease the attempted theft of our sacred tribal lands and waterways, the destruction of our sacred sites, and the continuing acts of genocide against the Kabi Kabi Nation.

Before presenting the eviction notice to the council, our representatives handed copies of the notice to businesses and people in Mary St, to explain to everyone that we the Kabi Kabi Sovereign Tribe meant no harm, and were not evicting them from Kabi Kabi Land, only the council and “government”.

It was reported to me that many people were openly supportive.

On The Gympie Times website, it can be clearly seen in video captured by an onlooker, that one of our representatives was in fact filming what occurred, and it was mentioned in court that while in police possession the video had in fact disappeared.

Our representatives have been accused of serious crimes, and cannot speak to each other or speak publicly about these matters.

The Mayor has paraded with non-Kabi Kabi “elders” to condemn our people and speak for our Elders, our Tribe and Our Land.

It is my understanding that our representatives reported to the police they were in fact assaulted, yet (nobody has been) arrested or incarcerated, but our people have.

Kabi Kabi Sovereign Elder,

Aunty Bucky (Tomlinson).