Eidsvold a suc­cess story

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Tobi Lof­tus tobi.lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

GOOD RE­LA­TION­SHIP: Bar­ney Blucher and Robyn Chap­man at the Eidsvold Abo­rig­i­nal Hous­ing and Com­mu­nity So­ci­ety.

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