Timeless beauty: A stunning stretch of water contained within the Gaagal Wangaan National Park which will be dedicated today.
Timeless beauty: A stunning stretch of water contained within the Gaagal Wangaan National Park which will be dedicated today. PWS

Celebrate Aboriginal-owned park

TODAY the Coffs Coast community is invited to help celebrate the creation of NSW’s newest Aboriginal-owned national park, located just south of Nambucca Heads.

The celebration at Bellwood Park, Nambucca Heads, starts at 10am and will continue throughout the day.

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Coffs Coast area manager Glenn Storrie said it will be a day of free family activities including entertainment by local Gumbaynggirr bands, dancers and singers.

“We are particularly pleased to have well-known artist Emma Donovan performing,” Mr Storrie said.

“Emma is a Gumbaynggirr singer/songwriter now known internationally for her amazing voice and songs about her community and culture.”

He said there would also be an Aboriginal art exhibition, plenty of food and, for the kids, traditional indigenous games.

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 jointly managed.

For details on the celebrations contact the NPWS office at Coffs Harbour,  telephone 6652 0900.



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