“Space is not incidental but a central organising theme and an expression of collective identity” – Fincher and Panelli (2001)

Growing up and living in Australia has meant a constant reforming of an Australian cultural, social and political identity. This work is an investigation into the ways in which the anti-nuclear community, of which I am part of, are developing, and have developed, our own connection to place, memory and history amidst broader Australian social narratives, and, who are questioning and challenging what it means to exist in the contemporary Australian physical, social and political landscape.

By locating the lives of the anti-nuclear community into contemporary Australian history, I am looking at the ways we come together, usually at a camp of some kind– either a protest, meeting or journey to sites of nuclear developments and/or resistance.

“This is not nowhere, this is somewhere special, this is home.” – Dave Sweeney, Jabiluka campaign

Since the 1980s, the South Australian and Northern Territory outback has been the site of protest and resistance to uranium mining developments, with the first of the Roxby Blockades happening in 1983 and again in 1984. These blockades in the desert brought people from all over Australia to protest at the gates of the Olympic Dam uranium mine and demand that it be shut down.

People have been travelling to these sites in order to learn for themselves about what exactly is happening ‘out-there’, so the issues are no longer ‘out of sight out of mind’. They, and I am part of that ‘they’, have been doing this in order to seek an alternative narrative to that which is presented to us by the Australian government and mining companies.

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