Trail the re­gion’s cul­tural her­itage

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS -

IN­DIGE­NOUS his­tory and cul­ture is an im­por­tant part of Aus­tralia’s her­itage that of­ten isn’t part of the tourist ex­pe­ri­ence.

The South West Queens­land In­dige­nous Cul­tural Trail came about through the de­ter­mi­na­tion of Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple in sev­eral towns. They wanted to record and share their cul­ture and his­tory be­fore older gen­er­a­tions passed on, and be­fore more sites of sig­nif­i­cance were de­stroyed.

The project was the brain­child of the Su­rat Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion, which com­mis­sioned Univer­sity of South­ern Queens­land re­searchers to as­sist with a story-gath­er­ing process across the towns, paid for by a Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment grant.

The USQ team work­ing on the project in­cluded spe­cial­ists in cul­tural her­itage, oral his­tory, an­thro­pol­ogy and ethnog­ra­phy, and psy­chol­ogy.

In the past year, Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple in St Ge­orge, Su­rat, Roma, Mitchell, Cun­na­mulla, Charleville and Dir­ran­bandi have been asked to tell the sto­ries they are happy to share with the wider pub­lic.

The South West Queens­land In­dige­nous Cul­tural Trail is not only a chance to learn from liv­ing mem­ory, it also has the po­ten­tial to gen­er­ate jobs for Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple and to strengthen town economies.

■ The trail is be­ing launched this month in six towns, be­gin­ning in Su­rat, and will open in St Ge­orge on Wed­nes­day at 11am at the am­phithe­atre. All are welcome.

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