The destruction of a sacred tree on Djab Wurrung country has broken our hearts | Sissy Eileen Austin


The sounds of chainsaws will haunt us forever. It adds to the intergenerational trauma shadowing our people

On Monday our biggest nightmare became a cold hard reality. The sounds of chainsaws, excessive police force, the crying of children. We felt defeated as an element of our culturally significant landscape was torn away, taken, gone forever. We are the last generation to ever be in the powerful presence of our directions tree on Djab Wurrung country.

Meriki Onus: “I’m really saddened to see the directions tree chopped down. I feel like Victoria are dancing on our graves with doughnuts and whisky.”

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