Day 238 & 239: Tailem Bend & Raukkan


Day 238: 4am

The end of the day, we have a roof over our heads tonight. – Noonie


Day 238: 8am

Good morning guys quick update just letting you know we are heading down south now towards a community call Raukkan community to see elder, original leader and our people to listen about what been going on and what needed to be done to make it right. We been told there about 400 people living out in Raukkan community and I don’t what to miss this community. We going to be there until the afternoon than head back to Tailem Bend town to rest up tonight. Than tomorrow morning we leave Tailem Bend on the road down Princes Hwy to walk towards Melbourne and most of all get close to the border of victory state


Day 238: 11am

Our day at Raukkan another good day. Across the ferry to the community. – Noonie


Day 238: 1.30pm

It was a great day today going out to Raukkan community meeting everyone and listen to all the story about Raukkan community and it history pass.

The most amazing think of been out their at Raukkan community was to see and meet in person to honor who pass way for all the amazing think he has done in he life Davis Unaipon.

David Unaipon was a well-known Indigenous Australian of the Ngarrindjeri people, a preacher, inventor and writer. Unaipon’s contribution to Australian society helped to break many Indigenous Australian stereotypes, and he is featured on the Australian $50 note in commemoration.

The one think I always learn from David Unaipon was his saying “As a full blood member of my race I think I may be the first – but I hope not to be the last to produce an enduring record of our customs, belief and imagining.”


Day 238: 11pm

A good place to come and see, our stay was pleasant and some more Australian history to listen, and well presented – Noonie


Day 239: 7am

Good morning guys we be leaving Tailem Bend today at 9:00am this morning. If people what to know where we are or which way we walking. We are walking on Princes Hwy, Dukes Hwy and Western Hwy all the to Melbourne thought a lot of town next to Princes Hwy. So if you are looking for us you only need to look on the side of the hwy to see us walking


Day 239: 8.30am

I just wanted to thank Jordan Sumner and Raukkan community for invited us yesterday to the community. It been a amazing going out there to see you guys and meet with the elder and the people of Raukkan community. I enjoy every moment been out there and understand the history of how Raukkan community was build on. The team, admin team and my self wanted to thank everyone out in Raukkan community for the amazing time and for showing us around.

We want to Thank you Jordan Sumner and Raukkan community for letting us come out there to see you and spend the time to.


Day 239: 10.30am

We are on our way out of Tailem Bend heading out along the Dukes Highway. – Noonie


Day 239: 4.30pm

Yep we up for it again we going to do a bit of night walking for a little bit until we get tired and than we set up camp to rest. It been a beautiful day of walking today and it a bit cold but we are o.k the more we head south east and the more we get closer to the Victoria broader. It getting more and more cold. We been for the last couple month have been walking none stop thought summer and our body are use to the summer heat. But now we need to train our body to get use to the cold.

When we get closer to the broader of Victoria, we going to start organizing think for Melbourne to start getting think ready for us when we walk into Melbourne. I hope that when we get into Melbourne it well be a power house for this walk to lift it up and get it out there. On top that a lot of the people of Melbourne well join us to march on the street for justice and for change. This is my first time going into Melbourne I never been there before. But I hope when we get there it well be something to remember.


Day 239: 2pm

From Tailem Bend to lunch break. – Noonie


Day 239: 5.30pm

If people what to know where we are. We are walking on Dukes hwy. It well take us 3 day to 4 day walk to border town. If you looking for us on the dukes hwy you only need to look on side of the road walking


Day 239: 6.30pm

Just wanted to thank Ashley Hefron for keeping her promises to her grand mother. Her grand mother has been following me on my walk from the beginning. Sadly her grand mother pass away one month ago. Her grand mother try her best to stay a live to see me when I enter in her country area and was loving my walk because for what I was doing for our people. But she pass away from cancer. Before her grand mother pass away on her last day. She told Ashley hefron to keep a promises to her.

She told ashley hefron to go and come to see me to meet me and talk to me. I was sad to hear this story ashley told me that her grand mother was waiting for me and wanted to see me before she pass on. It breaking me and I was hurt in my heart to hear this.

I just wanted to let people know this walk I when on is not easy I have begin thought a lot of town, community, station and homeland and I have sat down and listen to this story and other issue as well. It is a hard road I’m walking and I’m carrying all this message with me to Canberra for the people and get justice for those who pass on. I only ask if you was walking this road you well understand. Put I’m here to help and I’m going to make sure to get justice for everyone no matter what.

I just wanted to thank Ashley hefron for coming to see me today and for keeping here promise to her grand mother.

Her grand mother is in the Middle RIP.


Day 239: 8.30pm

– Garry


Day 239: 11pm

From lunchtime to the end of the day for us. – Noonie

Author: Clintonswalkforjustice

I’m a Wajuk, Balardung, Kija and a Yulparitja man from the West of Australia. I will be walking across country from Matagarup/Heirrison Island in Perth to Parliament House in Canberra, following songlines and visiting communities along the way, where I will eventually be seeking audience with the Prime Minister and address the many injustices against the First Nations people of this land.

2 thoughts on “Day 238 & 239: Tailem Bend & Raukkan”

  1. Good onya mate. Geez, Ashley Hefrons grandmother looks younger than the lot of em! RIP. Condolences to Ashley and family. Lovin the road pics. Safe travels bro. Greg.

  2. So glad that you made to Raukkan for a visit & look there. Raukkan is where I was born & grew up till about aged 5. I hope there was water in the lake? I saw it empty with crops & weeds growing on it one time in the last 10 or 15 years when it was mostly empty, with any water being right out in the middle from what we could see.

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