The Aboriginal Heritage Action Alliance (AHAA) is a community action group established in February 2015 to oppose changes proposed by the Barnett Liberal Government to the substance and management of Western Australia’s Aboriginal Heritage Act.
In common with significant sectors of the WA and national political, legal, archaeological and anthropological communities, AHAA’s co-founders Clayton Lewis, Dr Noel Nannup, Liz Vaughan and Dr Stephen Bennetts were motivated by the increasing attacks on Aboriginal people’s ability and legal right to protect Aboriginal places of significance in WA.
- To oppose the Barnett Government’s proposed Aboriginal Heritage Act Amendment Bill 2014, which will make it easier to destroy or damage places of significance to Aboriginal people throughout the State.
- To ensure the establishment of a Parliamentary Select Committee to properly review the AHA and adequately consult and actively participate Aboriginal people regarding the protection of places of significance.
- To review the current functions and operations of WA’s Department of Aboriginal Affairs, and thus provide better options for Aboriginal people in WA for protecting aboriginal places of significance.
What do we do?
- Advocacy group – informing the community and advocating for positive change.
- Information hub – disseminating accurate and reliable information on threats to WA’s Aboriginal heritage.
- Coordination of community action in the defence of places of significance to Aboriginal people.
- Provide better options for Aboriginal people in WA for protecting places of significance.
How do we do it?
- Create state-wide awareness in the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community about current threats to Aboriginal heritage in WA.
- Empower Aboriginal traditional owners and custodians to speak for and defend country.
- Provide accurate and reliable information and relevant advice on potential resources and support.
- Act as an interface between Aboriginal people and supporters in the political, legal, anthropological, archaeological and other professions as well as the wider community.
- Investigate current threats to Aboriginal heritage in WA.
- Assist, coordinate and advocate on behalf of individual Aboriginal language groups across WA in their efforts to protect places of significance to them. AHAA will advocate to advocate and communicate with Government, Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRB’s), Department of Aboriginal Affairs and resource sector and others where suitable and applicable.
- Establish and maintain an enduring alliance of WA Aboriginal language groups who willingly align with core AHAA’s focus on Aboriginal heritage protection in WA.
Aboriginal Heritage Action Alliance (AHAA):
AHAA Blog: aboriginalheritagewa.com
AHAA Official Spokesperson: Clayton Lewis 0498002812