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Pre-dawn raid on Wallum as security fences off blockade camp

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It appears that the aim of the pre-dawn raid was to remove the Aboriginal flag and block off the cul-de-sac. Photo supplied.

UPDATE 26.06.2024 – 9am

Police Rescue arrived at the Wallum blockade site just before 7am to release a woman who was locked on to a van in the blockade campground.

The woman has since been taken to Byron Bay police station


People at the scene say an estimated 50 security guards arrived at the Wallum blockade in Brunswick Heads today to break up the camp and move protesters on.

Security arrived at Omega Cct with fencing. Photo supplied.

Security arrived at 5am with fencing to cut access to the cul-de-sac on Omega Cct and removed the Aboriginal flag at the centre of the road and dismantled the ‘Welcome Hut’.

Police and an ambulance have arrived in Bayside and one person is locked onto a car inside the newly fenced-off area.

One onlooker said it is a very tense situation. ‘It feels very intimidating. The protectors are outnumbered but are holding ground around the ceremonial fire.’

• There will be updates later this morning


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18 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve been in Mullum for 50 years and the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius is not panning out how we planned or how I expected and hoped.
    In fact, the whole area is turning into everything I left behind in Sydney and it’s getting unbearably depressing.
    Anyone who knows me, knows what I put in to try to protect this incredibly beautiful area from the agents of greed.
    Time to go…
    The butt heads have won again…

  2. Wonderful news for the locals who just want this protest ( which is based on lies and misinformation ) over . This campaign has attracted some seriously disturbed definitely not local characters.

  3. Clarence have hit an all time low with this one. Absolutely appalling. Everything they are doing are desperate attempts to try to deflate us. But our community is stronger than them! They cannot break us! Them wasting so much money on 50 security guards to dismantle a welcome tent shows just how desperate they are and just how much WE as a beautiful, peaceful and passionate community are winning! We will just rebuild an even BIGGER and BETTER tent! They are clearly underestimating this incredibly powerful community ♥️💛🖤🙏🌳😘

    • Take a moment to consider all the terrible laws that have existed in the last 100 years, that were only changed when people stood up to them, usually by breaking the law.
      Now if protecting native ecosystems, endangered animals and sacred land could be breaking the law, maybe we should stand up to that too.
      Always welcome to come down to Wallum and see what is being fought for.

      • Actual, Elise, in a democracy when you vote, lobby your local member, have debate with others, and convince the majority of people that it is the right thing to do. Not bulldoze over the top of other people’s rights like these people. All justified of course.

        If you want to live in a dictatorship, move to China.

  4. It must not be forgotten. IT IS NOT ILLEGAL TO PROTEST. Indeed, it was the wonderful Knitting Nanas’ won this legal case in the High Court. Also the protectors do not embrace violence, which Clarence Property claims. Security Guards should be educated. The Law speaks to all citizens. Is Clarence paying for all of this policing?

  5. Why did this show up on my phone as a recommended story by Google?
    – what’s going on?
    – what’s the back story?

  6. Protectors/objectors to this development say that they have the right to contest and obstruct a legitimate approval to carry out works. Would it therefore be acceptable for a developer, whose application is rejected, to ignore that decision and carry on regardless?

  7. It’s so bloody hypocritical that these “peaceful” protestors cry about a misuse of police resources. If they weren’t acting illegally the police wouldn’t be required. We live in a democracy.

    Here’s hoping the Council can back this action up and remove them from Bayside for good. It’s no coincidence all the recent criminal activity in Bruns has followed this mob who mask their actions with “grandmothers and children”.

    • Can you back this up or are you scapegoating peaceful protestors with the criminal activities by gangs from the Gold Coast because it stops you feeling sacred and helpless for what is happening around you. It is easier to blame people (grandmothers and children) than to find out what’s really happening. If you look carefully at the photo, or even just glance at it, it’s easy to see what is going on here. This is an image of security men dressed in black, some with their faces covered and ID badges missing, intimidating those in front of them. There are no police in this picture. Coincidentally, cars have been getting stolen. Houses broken into. A crime wave has come to Brunswick Heads and will only get worse with a development like the one Clarence Property is planning to make which will attract more crime. Think carefully before you make inaccurate accusations. You are referring to your neighbours, your customer service attendant, perhaps even your children who care about their community and environment but are being subjected to this heinous behaviour from a development corporation who cares nothing for Brunswick Heads.

  8. Our taxpayer dollars at work. Hope they get the book thrown at them – if you want to invoke change, adhere to a legal avenue e.g. hire a publicist/lobbyist and/or start a petition. Just because you’re passionate about a particular cause doesn’t mean everyone has to support it or that you’re above the law. So over these arrogant hippies.

  9. For those who dedicate their time to defending the remnants of our ecological diversity and democracy, safeguarding the defenceless—our glossy cockatoos, and our right to peaceful protest—a huge thank you from me.

    For everyone else, keep going; here’s what will be left for you. Not much, actually. You’ll have plenty of fire ants and noisy miners to keep you and your thoughts company. Oh, and by the time you finally unfence your soul and consider protecting something you believe in, it’ll be too late. Your arse will be owned by the oligarchs—you know, the same ones who unlawfully froze the truckers’ bank accounts in Canada. Enjoy your central bank digital currency and your glossy cockatoo-less ‘democracy’.

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