18.8 C
Byron Shire
May 18, 2022

Bundjalung brothers on track to preserve Aboriginal heritage

Latest News

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 18 May, 2022

Brilliant entertainment always in the Byron Shire

Other News

Farm tours, tastings and horse riding – confusion over State agritourism SEPP

A lengthy debate took place at the last Tweed Shire Council planning meeting (5 May) around the issue of...

Implement reforms

In a recent heart-breaking article in The Saturday Paper discussed a 10-year-old Indigenous child’s incarceration in the notorious Don...

What happens after two years?

The recent floods have left many people homeless. Trying to address this problem, local councils have waived some of...

Fighting food waste

Did you know that wasting food is a greater contributor (6 per cent) to total greenhouse gas emissions than...

No Mr Morrison, we are not ‘confused’ or ‘misguided’

The Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, has spent much of the election campaign telling the people of Australia that a vote for a small party or an independent is a wasted vote. Or that a vote for a small party or an independent is a vote for instability.

‘Dining in the Dark’ at Forest, Byron

To celebrate the North Coast Festival of Flavour, Forest restaurant is turning off the lights so you can turn...

The two brothers – Peter Faulkner, 34, and James Roberts, 29 – were engaged through Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council to assist in looking for Aboriginal artefacts. Photo supplied.
The two brothers – Peter Faulkner, 34, and James Roberts, 29 – were engaged through Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council to assist in looking for Aboriginal artefacts. Photo supplied.

Two Bundjalung men are undertaking archaeological monitoring and simultaneously gaining employment skills at the reconstructed Wilsons walking track in East Lismore, which is currently under construction.

The $200,000 project will see the resurrection of the old walking track from Robinson’s Lookout in Girards Hill to Albert Park, with interpretative signage about the history of the area.

The two brothers – Peter Faulkner, 34, and James Roberts, 29 – were engaged through Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council to provide skilled labour, with James also looking for Aboriginal artefacts.

James has done work before through Ngulingah as a ranger in Nimbin, and the skilled labourers are gaining employment skills as well as helping to preserve historic Aboriginal items and sites that may be uncovered.

Ensuring Aboriginal involvement in the project aligns with Council’s reconciliation action plan objectives and continues Council’s commitment to providing opportunities for Aboriginal workers.

Construction of the Wilsons walking track is being undertaken by Track Work Solutions, a company that has been involved in trail-building around Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, with the archaeological monitoring conducted by Everick Heritage Consultants.

Tim Hill from Everick Heritage Consultants who are providing the archaeological monitoring said it was wonderful to have the Bundjalung men working on country and building their skillset at the same time.

‘They are here primarily to respond if an original site is identified and ensure that it is managed,’ Tim explained.

‘However, the bigger picture is that most of these historic tracks, particularly on the ridgeline, were traditional tracks that connected lowland to highland, and now we get this great fusion of white fellas and black fellas coming together to reopen them.

‘Also, they are learning skills and awareness around how to build trails, construction, erosion, site monitoring and other really solid foundational skills for working on country. These types of skills are good on their CV if they want to go for a job with someone like National Parks and Wildlife.’

The new track is expected to open this October if the weather stays dry.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

2 COMMENTS

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Sculpture distilled at Husk

The inaugural outdoor exhibition, Sculpture Distilled, opens this week at Husk Farm Distillery and promises the opportunity to get up close and personal with...

Local rum

  Lord Byron Distillery is located right in the Byron Arts & Industry Estate, making it super-easy to visit the distillery if you’re in Byron....

New hinterland whiskey

Winding Road Distillery is based in Tintenbar, and early next week they are due to release their first single malt whiskey, initially to members...

‘Dining in the Dark’ at Forest, Byron

To celebrate the North Coast Festival of Flavour, Forest restaurant is turning off the lights so you can turn up your senses, and let...