Uncle Gary Williams.
Uncle Gary Williams.

Legendary Aboriginal partnership to bring community benefits

THE Legendary Pacific Coast, a major tourism drive from Sydney to Brisbane on the east coast of Australia has combined with regional Aboriginal communities to create a groundbreaking tourism product with wide reaching community benefits.

Throughout the past 12 months local Aboriginal Land Councils along the Mid North Coast from Karuah to Coffs Harbour have worked with the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance to record and document 34 Aboriginal Stories.

The stories will be available for all to discover and enjoy after their launch on Wednesday November 28 on The Legendary Pacific Coast website http://pacificcoast.com.au/ and free iPhone app http://pacificcoast.com.au/iphone.

TLPC Chair Ms Belinda Novicky said it was a very significant event for The Legendary Pacific Coast (TLPC) and the Aboriginal communities of the Mid North Coast.

"Not only are the stories an Australian first, they also show how our Aboriginal communities, working together, are committed to not only preserving these stories for younger generations but also to sharing them with the wider community.

"With the dwindling number of Aboriginal Elders in our region and a large number of youth coming through, cultural sustainability relies on innovative uses of technology and the iPhone app certainly is an example of that.

"The stories are the first in a series to be created along The Legendary Pacific Coast," Ms Novicky said.

Story themes include: "Traditional Kitchen", "Granny's Rock", "Gulambarra and the Crying Tree", "How Taree Got its Name", "Wallaby Hunting", " The Lesson of Marriage", "The Legend of Three Brothers", "The Secret Bell" and "Building Canoes and Culture".

The stories have been funded by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Project Development Funds from Destination NSW.

The Legendary Pacific Coast website and iphone app also includes an Arts and Cultural Trail and a Food and Wine Trail covering the entire NSW north coast.

A new Legendary National Parks trail will be launched in Port Macquarie next Friday.

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