Eden, Yuin-Monaro Country
204 nautical miles to Sydney, Gadigal Country – around 5 days sail with possible stops at Merimbula, Bermagui, Batemans, Ulladullah, Port Kembla and Jarvis Bay.
The people who lived in the region of Eden prior to colonisation were the Thaua/Thawa of the Yuin language group. For the Yuin-Monaro people there is no distinction between land and sea. “Country” extends offshore to include the sea on which we’ll sail and it’s resources. The exploitation of resources of both the sea and the land since colonisation is obvious, given that the main industries of today include fishing and forestry. Eden is known for it’s notorious woodchipping mill which contributes to the logging in Southeast native forests. According to Deputy Convener of the South East Region Conservation Alliance (SERCA), Harriett Swift: “(…) Eden woodchipping hit record levels and has been the benchmark for intensive logging, leaving a cruel and destructive legacy. (…) forests are more valuable economically and environmentally – for attracting tourists, storing carbon, securing water supplies and soils and providing a home and a future for wildlife than as woodchips.” Current owner of the mill is Allied Natural Wood Exports who continue to clear fell forests for woodchipping, which has a devastating effect on the environment, animal habitat and climate. There has been ongoing efforts against both logging and woodchipping, with 2006 seeing a massive several hundred people strong rally at the site of the mill and with many more protests and campaigns throughout the years.