Deni tour takes in cultural knowledge

September 09, 2017

Tom Weller, Josh Campbell, Ariane Fehring and Daryll Bellingham on Wednesday’s tour.

About 20 people embarked on a ‘look, listen and learn’ tour across four unique Deniliquin locations which are ‘‘bursting with fresh possibilities’’ on Wednesday.

Held as part of Adult Learners Week, the tour — titled PAKATYA-KATA (pronounced pah-kah-chah-kah-tah and meaning to look around, to inquire, right here) — was organised in conjunction with the Deniliquin Library and the Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre.

Co-coordinator Ariane Fehring said the event saw participants visit the Knowledge Centre, McFaull Park Lagoon, the Deniliquin Island Sanctuary and Deniliquin Library.

‘‘The tour was very informative and Adult Learners Week is a good opportunity to present our cultural knowledge,’’ she said.

‘‘It allows us to come together and talk about what’s happening and how we can make our facilities more accessible, and involve more people.’’

Guest speakers included Josh Campbell from Local Land Services, Ian Fisher from the Deniliquin RSL Fishing Club, Tom Weller from the local bird watchers group, and Tracy Hamilton and Jeanette Crew from Yarkuwa.

The tour also featured weaving, storytelling, bush tucker and displays and demonstrations on ecology and other wildlife.

A popular display included the transformation of the lagoon system in McFaull Park, which was presented by Mr Campbell.

The lagoon has had extensive rehabilitation works since 2011, which includes new educational signage, which features ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos.

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