Western Highway protester released after pleading guilty to driving unlicensed

Indigenous spiritual leader Zellanach Djab Mara has been released from custody in Ararat today, after pleading guilty to three counts of driving without a license.

Zellanach was retained after being arrested on May 3rd for what the Djab Wurrung Heritage Protection Embassy called ‘very minor offences.’

He spent 26 days in custody after ‘unintentionally’ missing a court date, although, some charges he was facing previously were dropped by the prosecution.

Zellanach Djab Mara is released from custody in Ararat.
PHOTO: Sian Johnson (ABC)

Zellanach has been a strong force on the Western Highway as a group of ‘sacred land protectors’ continue to fight and save over 3,000 culturally modified scar trees and their sacred land.

“Hey everybody… freedom. Good to be out, I’m back home with the people, back on the land,” Zellanach said on a live Facebook stream this afternoon.

“Make sure you keep coming up to the land. Thank you for your support, as it’s very much appreciated.”

“They try to break us, then they’ll try to take us, they can’t do that. At the end of the day, it’s all about us just making us.”

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