Testimony of Neville ‘Chappy’ Williams
To see an interview with Neville 'Chappy' Williams after a recent aerial flight over Barrick's mine in Lake Cowal go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCLlKvmRObw
Wiradjuri Traditional Owners, of Lake Cowal, central western New South Wales (NSW) live in various towns and cities in New South Wales, and other States of Australia. The Mooka and Kalara United Families are Traditional Owners of Lake Cowal within the Wiradjuri Nation--the largest Aboriginal nation in the State. They have a Native Title claim over the mining lease area at Lake Cowal.
The Mooka core traditional families live in Cowra, 130 kilometres east of Lake Cowal, and elsewhere in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). The Kalara core traditional families live in Condobolin, 80 kilometres north of the Lake Cowal gold mine and elsewhere in NSW and the ACT. The important fact is, not so much where people live now, but that these Wiradjuri people have bloodlines to Lake Cowal Country which confers on them traditional ownership. Aboriginal people have always been travellers, particularly through their own Country. The traditional Wiradjuri frequently travel and visit relatives and friends within Wiradjuri Country and visit the Lake Cowal area whenever they can.