Trail the region’s cultural heritage
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.