I saw the news below on the ABC yesterday. I wrote to my son, Drew, who posted the article on his facebook, saying it mirrors my latest novel, “Turn on a Light” which is set in the 1974 in and around Kalgoorlie. While my story is fictional, it is based in a story I was told about a community in the Northern Territory during and after the Second World War. The community was ordered to relocate to an old gold-mining site east of Alice Springs around 1943. While my story is fictional, I have little doubt that contaminated water, as is often found around many mining sites, was as much a threat in that community as it is in the community I have created for my third Aussie Yarn. If that is accurate, I have no doubt the people of Pandanus Park face the same threat.
I also said to Drew when I responded to his post that, as I wrote “Turn on a Light”, I kept wondering how much things have changed for Aboriginal people in our remote communities. Reading the novel when it is released will, no matter how fictional the characters and the story, create a perspective that will make people think hard in the light of the story below.
WA Government urged to fix contaminated water supplies in remote Indigenous communities