Muttonbird Island attraction
THE base of iconic Muttonbird Island will be transformed by an education and performance venue heavily focused on Aboriginal heritage and the natural environment.
The island precinct – Giidany Miirlarl – is a sacred place for the Gumbaynggirr people whose elders have had major input into the project, to be built by the end of the year.
It will be made predominantly from recycled timber and will feature an amphitheatre which can host performances by community groups as well as a new ramp to the island and a large wall featuring work by Aboriginal artists and information on the island.
Shade will be provided at the new venue, which goes on National Parks and Wildlife Service land at the island’s western base and which will have a visual link to Corambirra Point to the south. It will also serve as a meeting place for elders.
The new venue will be the catalyst for an Aboriginal discovery ranger trainee program which will provide more employment opportunities for local Aboriginal people.