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Traditional Owners Build Walking And Cycling Trail On Their Country 

29-08-2022 15:50

A multi-dimensional project strengthening contemporary culturally appropriate care for Country, the Trail project showcases the innovation and generosity of the Yeperenye traditional owner group.

More than 30 traditional owner workers hand built the 8 kilometre trail on their Country, between Emily and Jessie Gaps in Yeperenye Nature Park, NT. Traditional owners were the key decision makers at every stage of the project ensuring; the alignment was culturally sound, important sites were respected and protected, genuine training and employment opportunities were provided for traditional owners, broad community collaboration and support, and intergenerational cultural knowledge-transference to enhance care for the Country. The project’s objective to open up and share Country forms part of a vision of the traditional owner group to build a thriving local economy for their community. Future aspirations include guided cultural walks, talks and a cultural centre. The traditional owner group worked with the Central Land Council for six years to progress the project idea and allocated $365,000 of their Park rent income to make the project happen.

The project has brought immense community pride for the Yeperenye traditional owner group. The Yeperenye Nature Park has also experienced a huge increase in the number of visitors, sparking much excitement and momentum for the future aspirations of the group.

Presenter/s: Lynette Ellis, Grant Wallace, Ricky Lichleitner, Henry Oliver, Sanchia Scott.
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