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Issue Details: First known date: 1989... 1989 Argyle Diamond Mine
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'In 1979-80 the new community was confronted with the imminent development of the Argyle Diamond Mine. Sacred sites were damaged, and the people feared the effects of a large mining town nearby. Their attempts to use legislative rights were unsuccessful, the Sate Government of the day being firmly behind the mining company. This was a traumatic and divisive period'.

'Nowadays members of the community prefer to emphasise their limited gains in negotiating protection of some of the sacred sites and obtaining some recompense from the company. They recognise that they had no hope of stopping the mine, and are relieved that many of the potential effects have been contained by ADM's avoidance of a town and control of it's workers'.

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    y separately published work icon Impact Stories of the East Kimberley Canberra : East Kimberley Impact Assessment Project , 1989 Z1616194 1989 anthology oral history

    This paper presents a selection of stories and commentaries by Aboriginal people of the Turkey Creek area, collected for a community social impact study.

    The accounts extend from the early impact history of the area, about a century ago, through the pastoral working era, leaving cattle stations in the 1970s and building up new communities, to Aboriginal aspirations in the present. These present Aboriginal points of view; further historical information is presented in historical notes by Clement.

    Canberra : East Kimberley Impact Assessment Project , 1989
    pg. 100-107
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  • Argyle Mine, Kimberley area, North Western Australia, Western Australia,
  • Kimberley area, North Western Australia, Western Australia,
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