El­ders meet with CRC on Wa­ter­front

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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