Eidsvold a success story
EIDSVOLD is home to the majority of the North Burnett’s Aboriginal population and many say the town is a success story.
Barney Blucher, aWulli Wulli man from the Eidsvold Aboriginal Housing and Community Society, said everyone in the town, Aboriginal and non-indigenous, regularly came together.
“It's a good relationship, we do mix and we've learnt to come together,” Mr Blucher said.
“That was probably shown when the Campbell Newman government wanted to close the Eidsvold Hospital and Eidsvold came together as one whole community.
“It wasn't Aboriginal, it wasn't white, it was the Eidsvold community that came together to fight that.”
Mr Blucher said he often saw outsiders surprised at how close the community was.
“Some people out of Eidsvold, they're surprised when they come to Eidsvold,” he said.
“(They’re surprised) about how this community comes together and everything.”
Through his role in the housing society, Mr Blucher helps the town’s Aboriginal population find affordable housing, deal with Centrelink, as well as hosting events during NAIDOC week.
“It’s about making sure history never repeats itself. You know the young people now need to know about it, know what their elders have gone through.”
Eidsvold is home to the WulliWulli, Gurang Gurang andWakkaWakka people.
GOOD RELATIONSHIP: Barney Blucher and Robyn Chapman at the Eidsvold Aboriginal Housing and Community Society.