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Indigenous heritage tour of Mt Ainslie

By Kerces 29 May 2006 8

The following just appeared in my email:

Dear Media Contact,

The Molonglo Catchment Group is organising an Indigenous tour of Mount Ainslie as part of World Environment Day (June 4th)

As you would be aware thousands of people walk up and around Mt Ainslie each year but don’t know they are actually walking past significant Aboriginal occupation sites.

The tour will be lead by elders from the Ngunawal Community and Field Experts from the Molonglo Catchment Group.

We are keen to organise a photo opportunity before the tour to let people know that the event is on.

There has been a great deal of public interest in Indigenous issues of late however much of the interest has focused on negative aspects of indigenous life in remote communities. I think many people in the Canberra community would be interested in hearing about the area’s Indigenous heritage and learn how to spot traces of Aboriginal occupation.

If you are interested, we could set up a great photo opportunity with a Ngunawal elders on sites at Mt Ainslie.

Here are the details for the guided walk.

What: 2 hour Aboriginal occupation on Mount Ainslie

When: 10:00am, Sunday June 4th

Why: World Environment Day

How: The tour will be lead by Heather Colman and assisted by Ngunawal elders and a field experts from the Molonglo Catchment Group.

Who: The tour is for people living in Canberra who want to know more about the area’s Indigenous history. Participants will learn how to find and identify Aboriginal occupation sites so that future bushwalks in the Canberra region become more enjoyable.

Further information: Contact Heather Colman 6128 3376.

Further details, in the form of a short story, are included in the media release attached.


Heather Colman
Molonglo Catchment Coordinator
Office: Suite U101, first Floor Riverside Plaza
131-139 Monaro Street Queanbeyan
Mail: PO Box 1573 Fyshwick ACT 2609
Pone: 02 6128 3376
Mobile: 0408 475 970
Fax: 02 62996619

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barking toad 11:23 am 30 May 06

I’d want more than $500 to welcome pride week

Les Whinin 10:53 am 30 May 06

Pfft, everyone knows that Xenu invented English.

Mr Evil 10:11 am 30 May 06

Hang on; didn’t the Aboriginal’s invent the English language?

Big Al 9:58 am 30 May 06

no shit batman!

Les Whinin 9:52 am 30 May 06

My guess is that before the arrival of the Europeans, that it was never written in English! Who’s to say how many ‘n’s there should be!

Big Al 9:31 am 30 May 06

Good point Mt Evil. I once heard Ngunawal Elder – Don Bell tell an assembled crowd that traditionally, in the time before the arrival of the Europeans – they never spelled it with two ‘n’s … work that one out.

Mr Evil 9:05 am 30 May 06

Is that $500 for a Ngunnawal elder, or a Ngunawal elder?

Jey 7:45 am 30 May 06

We wanted to get a Ngunnawal elder to do a welcome to country for Pride Week but apparently they cost like $500 an hour.
Wonder what they are charging for photo ops?

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