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Living Country Culture Camp Jenolan 2009
13 Jul 2010
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Despite scorching heat, a declared total fire ban and severe fire warnings, more than 80 people, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, including kids and some NPWS staff, attended the 2009 Living Country Culture Camp, held in the Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve within the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 November.

The Aboriginal Reference Group for the Greater Blue Mountains, made up of representatives of the 6 language groups who are the traditional custodians of the area, supported the event, which strengthened cultural connections with Country and between people.

Judging from feedback received from participants, it appears the Camp was again a great success following our inaugural Living Country Culture Camp held at Ganguddy in 2008.

The Campers took part in ceremony and were Welcomed to Country, enjoyed cultural dance and music from Walan Cultural Connections and Muru Mittigar performers, shared stories around the campfire, visited the Jenolan Caves, swam under a waterfall, participated in workshops, learned to throw a boomerang, dance like a kangaroo and emu, had fun with Discovery Rangers, enjoyed excellent tucker, all while absorbing the relaxing atmosphere surrounding the Jenolan Cottages camp site (approx. 8 kms before the Caves).

Due to bushfire outbreaks across the Blue Mountains and Wollemi National Parks, and the catastrophic fire alert in parts of NSW, many staff were called away. The World Heritage Unit based in the Blue Mountains Region, thanks and acknowledges assistance from the many Parks and Wildlife Group, Division, Regional and Area staff members, including the Jenolan Caves Trust and staff, who contributed toward the success of this Camp.

We are also grateful to learn of the success of our Aboriginal Park Partnerships funding application to support the Camp.

Jenolan is a wonderful place and the story that unfolded at the camp deserves to be told. Only as a participant, could you truly appreciate the wonderful setting and celebration of culture and Country. We believe that such gatherings hold the key to continue building and strengthening relationships, provide for wellbeing and connect people to Country as part of meeting some of the Co-Management aspirations of the Aboriginal people within and surrounding the GBMWHA.

Stay tuned for more information on the 2010 Living Country Culture Camp to be held on Country in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area next year.

For details visit www.livingcountry.com.au or contact Den Barber, Aboriginal Co-management Officer by telephone on 4784 7309 or via email to dennis.barber@environment.com.au

Check out the www.livingcountry.com.au website for more pictures!

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