Celebrate official opening of park

THE State's newest Aboriginal-owned national park will be the focus of celebrations at Nambucca Heads next Saturday.

Created in April this year, Gaagal Wanggaan – pronounced gargle wungarn – (South Beach) National Park is owned by the local Gumbanynggirr Aboriginal people, leased back to the government and is jointly managed.

To mark its opening, a celebration will be held at Bellwood Park from 10am.

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Coffs Coast area manager Glenn Storrie said a day of free family activities is planned, including entertainment by local Gumbaynggirr bands, dancers and singers to celebrate Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park.

“This includes Emma Donovan, a Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal singer and songwriter who is now known internationally for her amazing voice and songs about her community and culture,” Mr Storrie said.

“There will be lots of food on offer, an Aboriginal art exhibition and, for the kids, traditional indigenous games will be held throughout the day.”

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