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Support Borroloola clans to protect country from reckless mining

Jacky Green imageJack Green is a Garawa Elder, warrior and artist from the remote south-west Gulf in the Northern Territory.

For the past thirty years he has worked tirelessly with the Indigenous peoples of the Gulf; fighting first, to get Country back in Aboriginal ownership, and then to protect and care for it.

He is the 2015 recipient of the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Peter Rawlinson lifetime achievement award in recognition of his leadership in the campaign to protect the Gulf region from environmental pollution caused by Glencore’s massive McArthur River lead and zinc mine, and working with other Indigenous groups to regain ownership of their lands and establish Indigenous ranger groups to care for country.

To aid local communities in the Gulf region suffering from the mine’s heavy metal contamination and acid drainage problems Jacky has donated a limited series of reproductions of his painting, Trying to Protect Our Land, to raise a fighting fund and free the region of the impacts of invasive mining.

Listen to Jack discuss his painting here. Hear more of the story of cultural and environmental damage wrought by mining in the Gulf here.

Jack Green’s artworks are held in a number of national and private collections. He says he started painting to get his voice out:

“I want to show people what is happening to our country and to Aboriginal people. No one is listening to us. What we want. How we want to live. What we want in the future for our children. It’s for these reasons that I started to paint. I want government to listen to Aboriginal people. I want people in the cities to know what’s happening to us and our country. I want the government and mining companies to know that we are still here. We aren’t going anywhere. We aren’t dead yet. We are still here, feeling the country.”

Take home the story of Gulf clan’s resistance to reckless mining and keep the fight to protect the McArthur River strong


Funds raised through the sale of the painting will be used by Indigenous peoples in the McArthur River region for community-led initiatives to put an end to Glencore’s reckless mining that is contaminating food resources and poisoning local livelihoods.

Your support will help:
• Traditional Owners to travel and raise awareness about their struggle to protect country damaged by mining and;
• Engage independent environmental monitors and researchers to determine the extent of contamination in the McArthur River work to protect the health and well-being of the local community and environment and;
• Ensure a comprehensive post-mining rehabilitation and transition program for the site and surrounding waterways is undertaken

Click here for a larger view.

This initiative and the work of McArthur River region communities to protect country is proudly supported by the Environment Centre NT.

Options for purchasing your copy of Trying to Protect our Land:
Reproductions are available on both archival paper and canvas in a range of sizes.

Archival paper reproductions are $300 including postage and GST in Australia. Available on 40 x 60cm +3cm border produced using full archival quality paper, printed with lifetime lasting archival pigment inks.

Canvas: Reproductions are on 430gsm cotton poly canvas supplied rolled and ready for stretching. There are three options available:
66 x 100cm +5cm wrap – $600
100 x 150cm +5cm wrap – $1300
140 x 210cm + 5cm wrap – 2 only – $2975

*All prices include postage within Australia. International postage costs are extra and will be determined by seller.

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Paper or canvas options

Supported by Environment Centre NT