Aboriginal community leaders from around the Kimberley gathered in Broome to make a final push and urge voters to tick yes on the ballot sheet on Saturday. Meeting in front of the red sand dunes at Simpsons Beach last Friday, leaders from Aboriginal corporations and organisations came together to showcase the Kimberley community’s support for the Voice. Leading the group, Kimberley Land Council chief executive Tyronne Garstone said the referendum was an opportunity for Aboriginal people to have their voices heard. “We’re eight days out from the referendum and there’s clearly strong support from the Kimberley community to say that we want to vote Yes,” he said. “For those that are undecided, we urge you to get informed. This is a critical and a real opportunity to unite Australia. Join us and make the right decision on October 14.” Addressing youth support for the Voice, West Kimberley Empowered Communities youth co-ordinator Quentin Turner said young people were getting behind the Yes vote. “It’s all about them and their future,” he said. “Young people have been getting behind this and they have been doing their research and they know how it’s going to affect their lives.” Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service chair Raymond Christophers said the Voice would help future generations of Aboriginal people have their say on policies that affect them. “It’s important for the future,” he said. “So they can be the ones making the decisions at the end of the day and have the responsibility that they were part of the decision making. That is what we’re trying to achieve for them, so that there is no blame, we are part of it.” Cherie Sibosado, a Kimberly delegate and signatory of the Uluru Statement, said the vote wasn’t just important for the Kimberley but the country as a whole. “This is nation-building stuff,” she said. “This is where we get to start to rewrite some of the wrong-doings of the past and come together in a united way, in the interests of not just First Nations people but all of us as a community.” Kimberley MLA Divina D’Anna urged people from the Kimberley to get out and vote Yes. “The Voice is important for the people of the Kimberley because it is an opportunity for them to actually make a positive change in their lives and their communities,” she said. “But it doesn’t only just affect the people of the Kimberley, it affects Australia as a nation, both for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.” The Voice referendum will be held on Saturday.