Con­tin­u­ing the legacy of Ban Ban Springs

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

A NEW sign now stands at the Ban Ban Springs her­itage site, ac­knowl­edg­ing and cel­e­brat­ing the area’s indige­nous his­tory.

Wakka Wakka man and Indige­nous Well­be­ing Cen­tre health worker Clem Shad­ford said he was proud to see the sign rep­re­sent­ing the her­itage of his an­ces­tors.

“My fam­ily were born here on this land,” Mr Shad­ford said.

“I feel proud to be here for this, but also see­ing our cul­ture be­ing pro­tected.”

Mr Shad­ford said Ban Ban Springs was spe­cial for many rea­sons and he hoped to see the trend of recog­nis­ing indige­nous her­itage con­tinue.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Rachel Cham­bers said the sign cel­e­brated the im­por­tance of Ban Ban Springs and its his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance.

“The sign is based on de­signs pro­vided by the Ban Ban Springs En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Plan con­sul­ta­tion com­mit­tee,” Cr Cham­bers said.

“It in­cor­po­rates the Wakka Wakka peo­ple and wel­comes visitors to their tra­di­tional sa­cred meet­ing place.”

Ban Ban Springs is a sa­cred site as­so­ci­ated with the Rain­bow Ser­pent, which is be­lieved to have sur­faced there.

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

WEL­COME: A new sign has been un­veiled at Ban Ban Springs as part of the Works for Queens­land pro­gram.

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