Indigenous protesters walked through the Ipswich CBD to raise concerns over the development of the Deebing Creek Mission. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times
Indigenous protesters walked through the Ipswich CBD to raise concerns over the development of the Deebing Creek Mission. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times David Nielsen

Protesters march against development on burial site

MORE than 100 protesters have descended on Browns Park at North Ipswich after a march through central Ipswich to rally against development at Deebing Creek.

The peaceful rally started at d'Acry Doyle Place led by Aboriginal activist Sam Watson and Yuggera and Ugarapul spokesman Wade Thompson and supporters marched down Brisbane St, blocking traffic as they demonstrated outside Icon Tower and marched down East St over the David Trumpy Bridge to demonstrate at Browns Park.

Protesters waved placards "Preserve our sacred land" and "Let our ancestors RIP" as they marched alongside a traditional dance troupe playing didgeridoo and performing traditional dances with spears and chanted Stop development at Deebing Creek and Leave our people rest in peace.

More than six police crews managed traffic and 15 officers descended on the rally at Browns Park but there were no clashes.

The rally was demonstrating against a 600 home development proposed by Australand and Deebing Developments at the heritage listed former Deebing Creek Mission site.

A cemetery is listed on the State's heritage listing for the site and protesters believe other grave sites are throughout the development site.

More than 100 protesters have descended on Browns Park at North Ipswich after a march through central Ipswich to rally against development at Deebing Creek. http://ow.ly/S4a4A

Posted by QT - The Queensland Times on Thursday, September 10, 2015

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