Ban Ban his­tor­i­cally im­por­tant

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

BAN Ban Springs is a sa­cred sight for the Wakka Wakka peo­ple and the first in Queens­land to be for­mally recog­nised as an Abo­rig­i­nal cul­tural her­itage site.

Be­cause of this his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance the site was cho­sen as the site of the 50th An­niver­sary of the Ref­er­en­dum.

A Wakka Wakka le­gend ex­ists around the Ban Ban Springs site dat­ing back to the Dream­time.

The le­gend states that the Rain­bow Ser­pent sur­faced there and spoke to the elders of the tribe, telling them about the se­crets of the sa­cred wa­ters and sto­ries about the seven sis­ters, a moun­tain range not far from Ban Ban Springs.

Ban Ban Springs is and al­ways will be known as a meet­ing place for the lo­cal Wakka Wakka peo­ple who also view the wa­ters as sa­cred.

It’s be­lieved that Ban Ban was orig­i­nally given its name by H. Her­bert who bor­rowed the phrase from the lo­cal Wakka Wakka peo­ple which is known to mean grass.

Other im­por­tant indige­nous sites in the area in­clude Baram­bah Creek in the foothills of the Bunya Moun­tains which held sig­nif­i­cance to the indige­nous peo­ple of the area.

Ban San Springs was a meet­ing place for the Wakka Wakka and var­i­ous other tribes and as a path­way to the Bunya Moun­tains for the Bunya Fes­ti­val, held ev­ery three years when the Bunya trees would ripen with fruit.

LEGACY: The indige­nous mu­ral de­pict­ing Ban Ban Springs and the Seven Sis­ters in the North Bur­nett.

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