Poem by Roger Hart
Roger Hart presented his poem The Village Green at Sunday's peaceful protest in Huskisson asking for respect for the sacred site from economic greed by developers. The protest was organised by our local Aboriginal Jerrinja community and supported by many.
The Village Green By Roger Hart Majestic spotted gums Koori pathway Wildlife habitat and place of peace Keystone heartland of Jervis Bay Resting place of many souls released Anglican Blacket church in Huskisson With First Peoples burial ground Now represents injustice done And ancestral ones unfound Developers greed prevailing over Peoples need of contemplation A high rise hostile takeover Of this gentle natural location Blacket church plus surrounding land Deserves to be heritage listed Donated by community beforehand Converted now to heritage resisted We must protect this burial ground May the will of the people assail This destinations difficulties abound But clear eyed our will shall prevail
Feature photo: Gathering on sacred land at the respect protest in Huskisson on 11 December 2022. Photo credit: John Kotlash