Elders meet with CRC on Waterfront
CAIRNS Regional Council has met with local indigenous elders as part of the Port Douglas Waterfront Masterplan implementation stage.
The plan involves a number of elements including the design of a proposed children’s playground in Rex Smeal Park.
A number of staff led by regional manager Liz Collyer and Division 10 councillor Julia Leu met with local elders last week to talk about the values of the site that are intrinsically important to their people and to learn more about their experiences with the location.
Fifteen local elders attended the “talking picnic” under the fig tree and reminisced about stories and what the site meant to them as children and what it still means to them today.
Some of the stories related to the animals and the food sources from the sea and the land and how important the park was to them.
Council will now work with local Kuku Yalanji artists to develop concepts of artistic installations that depict the themes expressed by the elders that may be incorporated in an imaginative play space.
The aim is to use the natural forms which interpret Aboriginal values of the site and highlight the various fauna and flora of the region.
Once artistic designs have been developed these will go out to the broader community for feedback on the proposal.