Taribelang people traditional owners
continued for all to read and remember.
The opening to the “Yarnin’ Place” pays tribute to the traditional owners of the land and welcomes all to share their stories, it’s a place for the community to share stories and a place to reflect.
For tens of thousands of years, beginning in the Dreamtime and continuing to the present day, the Taribelang people nurtured their land and it ensured they had safe, healthy and happy lives.
The story boards speak for the stories of the Taribleang people and the partnership with Gin Gin State High School, JinJinburra Aboriginal Corp, Gin Gin Historical Society and the Bundaberg Regional Council.
Officially opening the “Yarnin’ Place story boards was Bundaberg Regional Councillor Wayne Honor.
Proud of his community, Cr Honor said we can’t move forward without reconciling with the past.
In 2008, then prime minister Kevin Rudd in Federal Parliament said sorry to the Aboriginal people for the past in an effort to reconcile communities and the nation.
Mr Honor said we have to recognise the land we walk on was once traditional land.
“We have to respect that and if we do, we respect the people of the past, present and future,” Cr Honor said.
“The story boards tell of the stories of the past and PHOTO: JODIE DIXON the darker side to European settlement to the area.”
The traditional owners welcome visitors to the area to visit the Yarnin’ Place learn more about the their culture and tradition.
The Yarnin’ Place is located behind the Gin Gin Historical Museum opposite the Post Office on Mulgrave St.
Entry to the Yarnin’ Place is free for guests and visitors to admire the sandstone carvings telling the stories of the past.
COMMUNITY ELDERS: David Broome, Barry and Margret Johnston, Lyndell Tanna, Amy Appoo and Marina Anderson.