Former native reserve wins national award
A heritage park at Mingenew’s former Aboriginal reserve site “Littlewell” has been recognised at the annual Banksia Sustainability Awards in Sydney last night.
“This project is a great response to the wounds inflicted on the Ancestors, and it is designed and performed to bring healing to Country and Peoples,” judges said.
They described Littlewell as a “different way to reconciliation that has a lot of joy and positivity in it, entirely reproducible.”
“The project has potential as a simple model for other Indigenous communities to create their own heritage sites,” the judges’ notes said.
“Building a track of commemorative sites acknowledges the largely untold history of Native Reserves and Missions created under the Aboriginal Protection Act (Flora and Fauna) from 1830s -1970s.”
They said Littlewell Heritage Park was a valuable educational resource for all ages and held economic and employment potential for several small surrounding towns.
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