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Cultural partnership cements plans for significant Indigenous site

Students sitting around a yarning circle

Tumbarumba Public School students at the Ngarigo Culture Reserve during NAIDOC Week in July. Photo: Ngarigo Snow People/Facebook.

A culturally significant Indigenous site near Tumbarumba is set to benefit from a private partnership with one of the town’s leading manufacturers, cementing links between the centuries-old meeting place and today’s wider community.

Hyne Timber this week announced a 12-month partnership with the Ngarigo Toomaroombah Kunama Namadgi Indigenous Corporation to support the development of the Ngarigo Culture Reserve near Tumbarumba.

The Ngarigo Culture Reserve is the first of its kind for the town and is already attracting buses of visitors, despite the development being in its early stages.

Ngarigo elders Uncle John Casey, Uncle Craig Wilesmith and Aunty Sandra Casey, supported by many other Ngarigo people and volunteers, are proudly informing the reserve development in respect of their ancestors.

Ngarigo’s traditional land covers some 16,000 square kilometres of the Monaro Tableland and southern NSW and northern Victoria alpine region.

That translates to an area that takes in, roughly, the towns of Yass, Queanbeyan, Cooma, Bombala, Delegate, Nimmitabel and Tumbarumba down to Omeo and Goongerah in Victoria.

Uncle Craig said the Ngarigo Culture Reserve, south of Tumbarumba, was in an area of spiritual and cultural significance.

At Murrays Crossing Road, south of the town, it’s known locally as “Five Ways” because it marked the convergence of five main Indigenous song lines, or walking tracks.

Several of these walking tracks – including Elliott Way and Snowy Mountains Highway – have morphed into modern-day roads but the junction, or as the Ngarigo people dubbed it “a bottleneck”, remains a consequential landmark.

Traditionally each year in November, Uncle Craig said, about 600 people from the 23 Ngarigo family sub-groups and other nearby mobs would gather with neighbouring tribes at this very place for corroborees, yarning, dance

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