Tari­belang peo­ple tra­di­tional own­ers

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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.

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