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Issue Details: First known date: 2018... 2018 Poetry of Roe 8
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  • Author's note:

    The occasion for the writing of these poems was activism surrounding the controversial highway known as the Roe 8 extension in the areas of Cockburn and Fremantle in Western Australia. Planned in the 1950s, Roe 8 is contentious for a number of reasons, including extraordinary political deals over funding, undue process regarding environmental reporting, lack of a business case, inadequate noise and traffic modelling, erasure of Indigenous heritage sites, and clearing of the sensitive Beeliar wetlands and Coolbellup banksia woodlands which were designated a Threatened Ecological Community in 2016. During the summer of 2016/2017 contractors started to fence off and then bulldoze a footprint for the highway extension, resulting in in one of the largest protests ever seen in the state. Over the next 3 months alongside constant protest 40 hectares of bush was cleared and deposited back on the site in 3 metre-high piles which were left to rot as the windy summer topsoil blew across the suburb and into our houses. The project stopped the night before the Western Australian state election of March 11, 2017. One of the promises of the Opposition was to stop Roe 8, and their election was partly attributed to the high degree of animosity and grief engendered by Roe 8.

  • This poem is in four titled parts.

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    y separately published work icon Landscapes Heritage vol. 8 no. 1 Drew Hubbell (editor), 2018 13798150 2018 periodical issue

    'This introduction to the special issue of Landscapes theorizes the questions suggested by the theme, "Landscape: Heritage." Weaving personal narrative with literary criticism, cultural studies, human geography, and ecology, the essay examines the way humans become human by developing complex relationships with landscapes over time. As landscapes contain the physical traces of human habitation and development, certain narratives of human inhabitants are written and memorialized in and by those landscapes. The monumentalization of specific heritages leads to contests between human groups who require certain heritages to be memorialized, but not others. Greater awareness of one's humanity requires recovery of polyphonic landscape heritages and continual re-inscription. The concluding section of the essay traces the connections between the individual publications in the issue, and shows how they unite in providing diverse understandings of how humans become human by re-inscribing heritage in Landscapes.' (Publication introduction : Hubbell, D. (2018). Becoming Human in the Land: An Introduction to the Special Issue of Heritage: Landscapes. Landscapes: the Journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language, 8(1).)

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