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Indigenous Walks in the Sutton Area

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Gollion

93 Westmead Lane

Sutton, NSW 2620

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Join us for an Aboriginal interpretive walk to see an ancient Ochre Quarry, scar trees and stone artefacts and learn more about cultural values in the Sutton area from Aboriginal Elders.

The walks will be led by Aboriginal custodians of the area Matilda House and/or Wally Bell, accompanied by Dave Johnston, Indigenous archaeologist and heritage manager.

When: Sunday 16th July, 10 am to 12 noon and 1.30-3.30. They will be repeated on Sunday 6th August. Each walk will be followed by billy tea and damper.

The walk will be approximately 4km return. There is road access for those unable to walk this far, please advise prior to booking if you will need road access.

Wear good walking boots and warm clothes.

Any inquiries contact Jane Vincent 6230 3584 or Karissa Preuss 6278 3309.

These events have been organised as part of the Greater Goorooyaroo Project in conjunction with Ginninderra Catchment group and Sutton Landcare. They are supported by the NSW Environmental Trust.

Over the next 2 months there will be four walks on “Gollion”, Jane and David Vincent’s property, 93 Westmead lane, Sutton. The walks have been organised as part of the Greater Goorooyaroo Project in conjunction with Ginninderra Catchment group and Sutton Landcare.

These walks will be lead by Matilda House, Ngambri and Ngunnawal Elder or Wally Bell, Ngunawal elder accompanied by Dave Johnston, indigenous archaeologist and heritage manager with 30 years experience. The main aim is to see the site, on Bald Hill (on Gollion) of an ancient Ochre Quarry, soon to be registered as a heritage site with NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. But you will also be shown several scar trees and other artefacts.

There are more than 65,000 Aboriginal heritage sites – from middens to missions – registered in New South Wales, but officially there are only 11 Aboriginal Places on private property. These receive legal recognition and protection from the state minister for the environment, as they are declared to have or have had “special significance with respect to Aboriginal culture”. An Aboriginal Place is one that “can have spiritual, historical, social, educational or other significance or could have been used for its natural resources”.

The main aim of these walks is to show a little of aboriginal history of Gollion, from many, many years ago and to show is there nothing to fear from listing an Aboriginal Place on a private property. Our family loses nothing through this process: not the property title, not access to Bald Hill, nor even the right to graze its slopes. Instead we gain a better understanding of our country and a cultural connection with people who care as much about it as we do. It’s this type of acceptance that local indigenous groups are after: the recognition that their people were the first inhabitants of this area.

All parties are in agreement to have the quarry nominated and hopefully registered as an Aboriginal Place. Irrespective of the outcome, Wally Bell has agreed to give the quarry an Aboriginal name, and our family has agreed to allow access to the Ngambri, Ngunawal and Ngunnawal communities whenever they want it. It’s a hill to us, but in Wally’s words “the use of the ochre is allowing us to make that reconnection to country”.


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