Jacqui Burke has drawn attention to a somewhat embarrassing matter for the Government.
Lonely Planet’s Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands guide to indigenous Australia states the following about the cultural centre at Yarramundi Reach:
‘The Ngunnawal Aboriginal land council plans to set up an Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Yarramundi Reach, on the western shore of Lake Burley Griffin, in 2001. It will focus on the culture and history of Indigenous peoples of the Canberra region.’ (1st edition, July 2001, p180)
I visited the centre recently: sadly it was cold, uninviting and apart from a few pieces of art hanging in a large room, the building is empty.
The Ngunnawal do appear to be using the space for their own purposes and Matriarch Matilda House must have given Jacqui a mauling because she’s put out a further response.
Personally I always advise people not to put too much faith in Lonely Planet as they damn near killed me with bad information on the Sino-Vietnamese border a few years ago.