Sign unveiled at Mulambin Beach (Manuwi) preserves Darumbal culture

THE unveiling of a new sign at Mulambin Beach (Manuwi) will inform the community of the cultural significance of the Capricorn Coast.

Fitzroy Basin Association Inc. (FBA) has worked with Darumbal Enterprises to collate the information, with Livingstone Shire Council undertaking the installation.

FBA Senior Project Officer Shannon van Nunen said recording and preserving traditional knowledge of the area is important.

“FBA worked with Darumbal Enterprises through funding from the Australian Government to install signage at Mulambin Beach (Manuwi),” Mr van Nunen said.

Darumbal people have cared for this region for thousands of years but information on their history isn’t always easy for the community to access.

“By installing signage at key sites we can offer information to locals and visitors on how the area was traditionally used and the value these places still hold today for Darumbal people,” he said.

Darumbal Enterprises Nyoka Hatfield said the Mulambin Beach site was chosen as it has been a focus area for restoration by Council, FBA and GenYadaba.

) Senior Project Officer at Fitzroy Basin Association Shannon van Nunen, Darumbal Elder Nyoka Hatfield, Kristina Hatfield of Darumbal Enterprises and Paddy Delalande from Livingstone Shire Council unveil the new sign at Mulambin Beach (Manuwi).

Senior Project Officer at Fitzroy Basin Association Shannon van Nunen, Darumbal Elder Nyoka Hatfield, Kristina Hatfield of Darumbal Enterprises and Paddy Delalande from Livingstone Shire Council unveil the new sign at Mulambin Beach (Manuwi).

“An important message these signs portray is to respect these special places and preserve them for our future generations,” Mrs Hatfield said.

“A unique feature of the sign is the use of Darumbal language with phonetic spelling so our whole community can learn our traditional language.

“We are happy to share our Darumbal names and the traditional uses of plants and animals you’d expect to see at Manuwi (Mulambin Beach),” she said.

How we use Mulambin beach today doesn’t vary too much from how Darumbal People once used the area.

Mulambin Beach is a popular spot for swimming and fishing and was traditionally used for the same reasons.

Make sure you take a moment to check out the sign recently installed by Livingstone Shire Council at Mulambin Beach next time you visit the area.

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