Gooreng Gooreng elder Mervyn Johnson signs the Memorandum of Understanding document at Lions Park yesterday.
Gooreng Gooreng elder Mervyn Johnson signs the Memorandum of Understanding document at Lions Park yesterday. Max Fleet

Celebrating history at park

WHEN Mervyn Johnson put pen to paper at the Gidarjil Cultural Festival yesterday morning, he knew he was putting his name to something historic.

The Gooreng Gooreng elder leant his signature to the Memorandum of Understanding between his people, the Department of Environmental Resource Management and the Gurang peoples.

“Anold man said to me that today we are like the kangaroo and the emu — the kangaroo can’t go side ways and the emu can’t go backwards,” Mr Johnson said.

He said signing the document was an emotional experience.

“It brings back memories of the old people,” he said.

While the document signing was the main event of the day, about 100 people braved the muddy Lions Park for a day of entertainment.

The crowd was treated to displays of boomerang throwing, a cultural language presentation and displays of Aboriginal art and artefacts.

A number of the artefacts on display were for sale.



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