Cultural Connections - Ngunawal Stories of Lake George

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Bungendore

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Bungendore, NSW 2621

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Take a journey through time with this Farmers Postcard to discover the historical and traditional uses of the Lake George and Bungendore region from an Aboriginal and early European perspective. Learn about the ecological values of the closed Lake George Catchment, including the difference between the lowlands and hills, the changing land uses over time and the unique flora that still remains. Our guest speakers are Wally Bell, Karen Williams and Jasmyn Lynch.

Wally Bell is a Ngunawal man and Elder of his clan group the Yharr. Wally will discuss what Ngunawal culture is in the present day, give his insights on how to connect with indigenous people and share with us his Aboriginal customs that come from the land. Learn how the landscape shaped the indigenous uses of the Bungendore area and about the traditional pathways that existed.

Karen Williams from the Molonglo Conservation Group will talk about the significance of Lake George, the local vegetation and waterways. She will discuss the early European influences on the area including settler tracks, settlements, squatters and bush rangers. Did you know Bungendore had a bushrangers hideout?

Ecologist Jasmyn Lynch will teach us about the rare and threatened species of the local region. She will lead a discussion about the Box-Gum Woodlands, endangered Mallee Eucalypt, grasslands, swamplands and why it is important to retain them.

This is a FREE event but please register everyone attending for catering purposes. Children must be supervised at all times.

This after work session will take approximately 2.5 hours with a walk around a reserve in Bungendore starting at 5.15pm for a 5.30pm start. A light supper will be provided but you can also bring your own food if you wish. In the event of inclement weather, we will meet at a local hall. Bring your own drink bottle and clothing suitable for being outdoors.

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Wally Bell is managing director of the Buru Ngunawal Aboriginal Corporation. Wally actively participates in all aspects of Aboriginal cultural heritage and land management for the area that lies within his tribal boundary. He enjoys engaging with the wider community on developing an awareness of local Aboriginal culture. Wally is a member of the Mulanggang Traditional Aboriginal Landcare Group, ACT Landcare, Namadgi Rock Art Working Group and Tidbinbilla Strategic Board of Management.

Karen Williams is President and Managing Director, Molonglo Conservation Group. Karen works with people and environment to adapt and develop innovative ways of integrating natural resource management into current day practice. Her interest includes social history, community history, cultural development and the visual arts. She uses specific skills—as author, scholar, researcher and artist—to initiate the creative interaction of environment, culture and social inclusion.

Jasmyn Lynch is Principal Ecologist with Molonglo Consulting. Jasmyn is a conservation ecologist with expertise in rare and threatened species, biodiversity patterns and processes, wetland assessments, threatening processes, and environmental management frameworks. She also works on a systems scale, evaluating the interactions and linkages between people and landscapes and the implications for long-term environmental sustainability.

This project received grant funding from the Australian Government through the National Landcare Program.

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Bungendore, NSW 2621

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