Wandarma Supports Clintons Walk for Justice

Wandarma Drug and Alcohol Service’s Dennis Scott, Ben Thomas and Col Langlo with Clinton Pryor north of Eden. Photo credit Bega District News

When Clinton Pryor was 16 years old he promised his dying father he would dedicate his life to keeping his people’s culture alive and creating positive change.

Dismayed by ongoing Police raids at Matagarup First Nations Refugee Camp in Perth, Mr Pryor decided to traverse the songlines and highways of Australia to meet with Governor General Peter Cosgrove, at Parliament House in Canberra.

His journey began in Perth nine months ago, and almost 5000 kilometres later Mr Pryor entered Djiringanj country along the Far South Coast, his accompanying vehicles covered in thousands of names of people he has met along the way – becoming almost like a moving petition in support of his cause.

On Wednesday, Mr Pryor had lunch in Bega, accompanied by his support crew, and former NRL player and Wiradjuri man Joe Williams, who will be visiting the region again next week for a series of mental health workshops.

Improving the civil rights of Australians, protecting superannuation, lowering housing prices, and increased funding for issues such as homelessness and rehabilitation, are all on Mr Pryor’s agenda.

Wandarma Drug and Alcohol Service’s Dennis Scott, Ben Thomas and Col Langlo met up with Mr Pryor north of Eden to help his cause with $400 worth of supermarket vouchers.

“It came from our Men’s Group funding, because we wanted to show him support,” Mr Scott said.

“He’s been doing this on donations from each town he’s in, and we fully support what he’s doing and wanted to help out.

“It hasn’t really been in the media here in Australia, but a team from France and Germany are making a documentary on him that will be shown in Europe, so there’s media from Europe interested in his cause.”

This article originally appeared in the Bega Valley News 26 July 2017

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