ngadyu narri coedie
My name is coedie
ngadyu dannga Wirdi
My language is Wirdi
ngadyu yamba nani wanggan yagalinggu
My homelands are the wangan and jagalingou
ngaya wandu-na wadirra bama gayu wurba-gu ngadyu yamba nani
I'm asking every man and woman to come to my homelands
yina dalgayu gundarra ngali gara banggayn
This is a big fight and we're not afraid
In less than a month, I’ll be standing on Country with all of you for the Tour De Carmichael – Cycle for Country, a 5-day guided tour to learn more about my culture under the stars on Wangan and Jagalingou Country.
For many of you that have been fighting to stop Adani’s coal mine for so long in your communities and on the streets, this is a chance to get up close and personal with Adani’s construction site and expose the damage they are doing to our sacred lands and waters, as we cycle very slowly together along the main road that services Adani’s mine construction.
Along the journey, we’ll be stopping and sharing the significance of our Totems, Twin Hills, the Belyando, the Carmichael River and the importance of our sacred Doongmabulla Springs and other dreaming stories. You’ll be invited to the camp and ceremonial ground that I set up for a smoking ceremony in August last year where you’ll be part of some great yarns and teachings.
Already more than 50 people have registered to cycle with me – I hope you can join us.
What: A 5-day, 105-km guided cycle-tour led by Traditional Owner Coedie, son of Adrian Burragubba, to learn about Wangan and Jagalingou culture and see what’s at risk from Adani’s destructive mega coal mine. The tour is family-friendly, COVID safe and a lawful event. We will have support vehicles driving behind that will carry water, food and camping gear.
When: Monday 3 May – Friday 7 May.
Where: Wangan and Jagalingou Country in central Queensland. The Tour is 105 km, taking place along the 85-km public road that services Adani’s mine construction – from the Gregory Hwy to the entrance of Adani's construction site, via a Wangan and Jagalingou ceremonial ground, with a 20-km extension to Doongmabulla Springs.
Registrations for the Tour are now open and close on Sunday 25th April.
There are plenty of important ways to be part of it, even if you’re not up for riding. Check out all the information on the Tour website here (where you can also register to confirm your place on the Tour if you are ready to take that step) and then sign up for updates here.
For nine years we have said NO to Adani’s toxic coal mine that will rip the heart out of our Country and destroy our songlines.
We, as Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners of the Galilee basin, are continuing to fight. Join me in the next stage of the battle at the Tour De Carmichael – sign up to learn more.
I’ll see you on my homelands in May,
Coedie, Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owner
P.S. Oh and please click click "GOING" on the Facebook event to demonstrate support for the event. If you can’t make it but want to support from home you can also chip in to cover the costs of the tour here.