SBS language | Ep.217: Culturally significant site used to test rockets and missiles

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UPSOT – WALK ON HART LAKE

The anziana Kokatha Elaine Kite visits the sponde settentrionali del Lake Hart by the prima volta.

Lake Hart holds deep cultural significance for the people of Kokatha, connettendole con the storie mitologiche dei loro antenati.

Ma questa parte del lago è solitamente interdetta. It sits inside the Woomera No-Go Zone, a massive military shooting hotspot in South Australia’s outback – just a little further north-west of Adelaide.

“It’s a pain that we feel in our mind. It is about what is happening in the country, we do not always see it. Standing here by the lake, there’s this feeling that we have. It’s powerful to be able to look through that, but knowing full well there’s damage out there.

UPSOT – MISSILE FIRES ON LAKE HART

The Australian Defense Force per anni si è servita di Lake Hart per collaudare missili e armamenti. The surface of the lake è stata utilizzata as zona d’impatto per esplosivi.

Questi rumori provengono da un’esercitazione di tiro a Lake Hart nel 2018.

UPSOT – GUNS SHOOT

Ora Kite raccoglie i bossoli sparati lasciati sparsi sul terreno.

“To see all the spent shells and bits, you think…wow. It’s an indication of what’s going on here when we’re not here. And when you see that, you know it’s in your spirit. It’s not good.”

Sono stati identificati diversi siti culturali importanti nell’area di Lake Hart. Vis si trovano incisioni rupestri, fondamenta di capanne in pietra utilizate per rifugio e moli usate per creare attrezzi.

The archeologo Neale Draper has dichiarato che i siti Kokatha trovati all’interno della Woomera Prohibited Area sono straordinari.

“There is a very strong need to conserve and deal with this. It is very, very important to the people of Kokatha and other peoples of the Western Desert. It’s all part of the Tjukuroa and other dream tracks that cross the Western Desert.

Secondo i internal documenti ottenuti da SBS News, the Australian Defense Force should avoid certi siti importanti dal point di vista culturale nella zona di Lake Hart.

Nonostante ciò, nel gennaio 2021 venne trovato il corpo di un Saab anti-aircraft missile nel mezzo di un’area protetta chiamata Lake Hart West. Ci vollero 12 mesi per i militari per recuperare il missile e ancora non c’è una spiegazione su come sia arrival lì.

The lawyer John Podgorelec presented a denunciation against Saab, sotto le linee guida internazionali gestite dalla OECD.

The denuncia plainly accused Saab of not aver rispettato gli obblighi di dovuta diligenza prima che il missile venice vendto all’esercito australiano e collaudato a Lake Hart.

“We’re just looking to uphold the OECD due diligence guidelines. More specifically, what this means in this case is that we are looking for measures to put in place so that the sites can be protected.

John Pace is the former secretary of the Commissione delle Nazioni Unite per i dDiritti dell’Uomo. Ritiene che il trattamento dei siti patrimonio culturale aborigine tende all’orribile.

“In this area of ​​Indigenous heritage protection, it’s remarkably in your face. Which is, in fact, a very serious matter of the devastation that is happening. »

Le ministro della Difesa ha dichiarato che Lake Hart est riconosciuto sotto un piano di gestione dei siti protetti, sviluppato insieme ai Proprietari Tradizionali.

Saab non ha volto commentare, ma in precedenza with dichiarato che la vendta di ordigni all’Australia è soggetta a stretta supervisione.

In piedi sulle rive che danno su Lake Hart, the anziano Kokatha Andrew Starkey is in preda allo sconforto. Per lui il lago è stato profanato.

“Lake Hart is quite an important area, not only for the Kokatha people, but for other people from the south, west and north. It connects us all through the Tjukurpa, through the different storylines. There There are engraving sites, there are stone works, it is a very culturally important place, it breaks our hearts to see it desecrated in this way.

English

UPSOT – WALK ON HART LAKE

Kokatha elder Elaine Kite visits the northern shores of Hart Lake for the first time.

Lake Hart holds deep cultural significance for the Kokatha people, connecting them to the stories of their ancestors.

But this part of the lake is generally prohibited. It is in the Woomera Prohibited Zone, a huge military firing range in the outback of South Australia, about six hours northwest of Adelaide.

“It’s a pain that we feel in our mind. It is about what is happening in the country, we do not always see it. Standing here by the lake, there’s this feeling that we have. It’s powerful to be able to look through that, but knowing full well there’s damage out there.

UPSOT – MISSILE FIRES ON LAKE HART

The Australian Defense Force has used Lake Hart for years to test missiles and weapons. The surface of the lake was used as an impact zone for explosives.

These sounds are from a live-fire exercise held at Lake Hart in 2018.

UPSOT – GUNS SHOOT

Now Mrs. Kite is picking up spent bullet casings left strewn on the floor.

“To see all the spent shells and bits, you think…wow. It’s an indication of what’s going on here when we’re not here. And when you see that, you know it’s in your mind. It’s not good.”

A number of significant cultural sites have been identified in the Hart Lake area. There are rock carvings, foundations of stone huts used as shelters and millstones used for tool making.

Archaeologist Neale Draper says the Kokatha sites found inside the Woomera No-Go Zone are remarkable.

“There is a very strong need to conserve and deal with this. It is very, very important to the people of Kokatha and other peoples of the Western Desert. It’s all part of the Tjukuroa and other dream tracks that cross the Western Desert.

According to internal documents obtained by SBS News, the Australian Defense Force is supposed to avoid certain culturally significant sites in the Hart Lake area.

However, in January 2021, the body of a Saab anti-aircraft missile was discovered in the middle of a heritage area called Lake Hart West. It took the military 12 months to recover the missile, and there is still no explanation as to how it got there.

Lawyer John Podgorelec is leading a complaint against Saab under international guidelines administered by the OECD.

The complaint generally alleges that Saab failed to fulfill its due diligence obligations before the missile was sold to the Australian military and tested at Lake Hart.

“We’re just looking to uphold the OECD due diligence guidelines. More specifically, what this means in this case is that we are looking for measures to put in place so that the sites can be protected.

Dr. John Pace is the former Secretary of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. He says the treatment of Aboriginal heritage sites in Australia borders on appalling.

“In this area of ​​Indigenous heritage protection, it’s remarkably in your face. Which is, in fact, a very serious matter of the devastation that is happening. »

The MoD says Hart Lake is recognized under a heritage management plan, developed with the traditional owners.

Saab declined to comment, but previously said the sale of ammunition to Australia was subject to strict oversight.

Standing on the shores of Lake Hart, Kokatha elder Andrew Starkey is in despair. He says the lake has been desecrated.

“Lake Hart is quite an important area, not only for the Kokatha people, but for other people from the south, west and north. It connects us all through the Tjukurpa, through the different storylines. There There are engraving sites, there are stone works, it is a very culturally important place, it breaks our hearts to see it desecrated in this way.

Reporting by Steven Trask

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