Land of Promises: Aborigines and Development in the East Kimberley

Land of Promises: Aborigines and Development in the East Kimberley Report

  • Author(s): Coombs, H. C., McCann, H., Ross, H., Williams, N. M.
  • Published: 1989
  • Publisher: Australian National University, Centre for Resource and Environment Studies
  • ISBN: 0 85575 200 9

Abstract: Report of the East Kimberley Impact Assessment Project conducted between 1985 and 1988 in response to requests from local Aboriginal communities for assistance in dealing with economic and social change arising from resource development. Presents a strong case for questioning the beliefs that pastoral settlement, 1880's gold rush' the Ord River Irrigation Scheme, the Argyle diamond mine and tourism, promised riches to East Kimberley. Concludes that development should be based on Aboriginal people and the land of promises is really a land of broken and forgotten promises.

Notes: Historical reference Land of Promises is the report of the East Kimberly Impact Assessment Project (EKIAP), conducted between 1985 and 1988, to assist Aboriginal people in dealing with economic and social changes arising from resource development. It includes the Project’s recommendations, documentation of other published and unpublished works, and the views of local Aboriginal people. The report suggests an agenda for change in achieving a path of development that better meets the needs of the region’s people.

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Coombs, H. C., McCann, H., Ross, H., Williams, N. M., 1989, Land of Promises: Aborigines and Development in the East Kimberley, Report, viewed 22 October 2021, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=4322.

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