Human rights bypass
By ED SOUTHORN
THE entire Murraba Aboriginal campsite "should be treated with the same archaeological respect as the ancient ruins and tombs of Egypt," Tweed Aboriginal spokeswoman Jackie McDonald told a rally opposing the Tugun Bypass C4 route yesterday.
About 50 protesters waited 40 minutes as they gave their names to Gold Coast Airport security guards, before they were escorted by the guards to the rally site deep within native forest at the Murraba campground, a short drive from the airport runways on a private road.
Ms McDonald said the Queensland Main Roads Department had assessed Murraba ? controlled mostly by the airport on behalf of the Common- wealth ? only by "walkovers" which "give no indication of what lies beneath the ground surface and no indication of the historical significance of the area".
She said land clearing by airport contractors last week had caused serious damage to middens and "spread cultural material and artifacts all over the place".
Ms McDonald said there were "less destructive options" for the Tugun Bypass than the C4 route through parts of Murraba, which should be given greater protection.
Tweed Byron Land Council chairman Russell Logan told the rally human rights were being bypassed in favour of motorists and public servants' unwillingness to properly consult.
Mr Logan said everyone in Australia, regardless of race, ought to be able to expect their final resting place would be undisturbed.
Southern Cross University student Ian Fox, of Burringbar, who is researching Bundjalung Aboriginal cultural sites for a PhD project, told the Daily News Murraba was the last major undeveloped indigenous cultural site on the Tweed and the Gold Coast.