Corina Abraham

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Template:Use Australian English Corina Abraham is a Whadjuk Noongar elder who in 2016 challenged the Western Australian Government for failure in procedural fairness during its change to the Aboriginal Heritage status of the land to be impacted by the extension to Roe Highway known as Roe 8.

Family story

Abraham is a custodian of the Whadjuk Noongar people descended from the Beeliar Whudjuk Noongar tribe.[1] She also traces her family back many generations as a direct descendant of Calyute, one the few survivors of the Pinjarra massacre.[2] Her grandfather is Reverend Sealin Garlett.[3]

Personal story

In 1997 Abraham, along with a number of other indigenous artists of the Djidij Djidji Arts Group, created a piece of artwork using linocut print; this work is part of the City of Melville's art collection.[4]

Abraham currently suffers from a number of chronic illnesses, including renal failure, kidney disease and diabetes.[2] On 9 July 2015 while in Fiona Stanley Hospital being operated on for complication linked to diabetes she was caught up in the flooding that caused the closure of a number of surgical theatres. Abraham's surgeons were mid way through the operation when alarms were triggered. She was subject to an epidural so was conscious but paralysed from the waist down and, unable to move, witnessed the ensuing activity as surgeons quickly completed her surgery and moved her to a recovery ward.[5] Template:Blockquote

In 2010 Abraham was co-chair of the City of Cockburn Aboriginal Advisory committee.[6]

Opposition to Roe 8

Protestors at Bibra Lake 22 November 2015. Corina Abraham is wearing a blue shirt; she's in the centre of this photo behind the white sign with "Say no to Roe 8".

In May 2014 the Barnett Government announced that the Perth Freight Link would go ahead; there had already been considerable concern over the plan's first section, an extension to Roe Highway known as Roe 8, that would run through the Beeliar Wetlands.[7] The 100+ community groups opposed to the plan formed a coalition called Rethink the Link, which was successful in having the environmental approvals overturned in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in December 2015.[8][3]

On 2 December 2015 Senator Scott Ludlum read a letter to the Australian Senate, written by Abraham to the Prime Minister of Australia about the Perth Freight link, in particular the area to be impacted by Roe 8. The letter is a plea for help and intervention by newly appointed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull; it starts by describing Abraham's position and standing within the Noongar community. She speaks of the significance of the area, of its connections to the Noongar dreaming, local mythology and its ecological importance.[3] Template:Blockquote Abraham then discusses the archaeological findings about the area, focusing on the chert objects and noting that all known sources of chert for the region have been inaccessible for over 6000 years, since the Indian Ocean flooded parts of the Swan Coastal Plain. The sites where these were found were documented and registered on the national record according the Aboriginal Heritage Act; in June 2015 the Barnett Government removed these sites from the record to facilitate the necessary approvals for the Roe 8 project.[9][3] Template:Blockquote

Abraham concluded by again asking the Prime Minister to consider alternative proposals put forward and protect the area not only for Noongar people to but for all future generations of Western Australians.[3]

WA Supreme Court writs

On 30 March 2016 Greg McIntyre QC, the lawyer who also commenced the Mabo case and is acting pro bono for Abraham, lodged writs in the Supreme Court of Western Australia. The writs allege that Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Peter Collier and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs cultural committee denied procedural fairness to Abraham when it failed to consult her. The failure occurred because Abraham was a party to original consultation that recognised the significance of the area.[2][9]


  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named letter
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Grant, Steve (1 April 2016). "ROE 8 The fight of my life". Fremantle Herald. Retrieved 2 April 2016. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "The community campaign to fight Roe 8". Retrieved 2 April 2016. 
  4. "City of Melville Art Collection". City of Melville. Retrieved 2 April 2016. 
  5. O'Leary, Cathy; Millimaci, Grace (10 July 2015). "FSH flood had surgery patient terrified". The West Australian. 7West media. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  6. Boase, Ken (5 May 2010). "Pressure on to stop freeway". Koori Mail (Koori Mail) (edition 475): p. 15. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  7. "Perth Freight Link a boost for WA industry". Media Statements. Government of Western Australia. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  8. Young, Emma (16 Dec 2016). "Supreme Court rules EPA approval of Roe 8 'invalid'". WA Today. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Traditional owners continue to challenge the Aboriginal heritage approval for a major highway extension in WA". Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association. Retrieved 2 April 2016.