[singlepic id=311 w=320 h=240 float=left]Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Curtis Pitt, inspected a new outdoor exhibition at the Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre at Beenleigh today.
Mr Pitt was in the region for Community Cabinet with Premier Anna Bligh, her Cabinet Ministers and heads of government departments.
“Community Cabinet is a great opportunity for the state’s decision makers to sit down and listen to the concerns of the local community. One of those local concerns is economic development for Indigenous communities. That’s where Yugambeh can play a role,” Mr Pitt said.
Mr Pitt said Yugambeh Museum’s new public art space and exhibition area would be an inspirational community and Indigenous resource when it opens in April this year.
The Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre is already an excellent local resource for school students and researchers of Indigenous history,” he said.
Mr Pitt visited the museum today with the Member for Albert Margaret Keech and the Member for Waterford Evan Moorhead.
The museum was opened in 1995 to showcase the culture of the Indigenous people in the Yugambeh region, spanning from Tweed Rivers to the Logan River and west to Beaudesert.
“With this space the museum will be able to showcase the spiritual and cultural traditions of the Yugambeh people. Visitors will see it all, from educational programs, through to exhibitions and ceremonies,” Mrs Keech said.
“I congratulate the museum on their new resource. It will be a ‘must see’ on the itinerary of visiting groups that want to learn more about Indigenous handicrafts,” she said.
Mr Moorhead said the museum had been one of the catalysts for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to set out on a path of discovery to explore the history of the Yugambeh region through events such as the annual Drumley Walk.
“Since 2005 the Yugambeh Museum has organised the Drumley Walk, a pilgrimage to celebrate local Indigenous heroes,” Mr Moorhead said.
“The walk from Southport to Beaudesert was named in honour of the late Elder, Bill Drumley, who in the 1930s and 1940s regularly walked from Beaudesert to Southport to support and be there for his family in tough economic times,” he said.
This year, the Drumley Walk will be held from 17 August and conclude at the Yugambeh Corroboree Food, Art and Language Festival on 20 August.
Details about the Yugambeh Museum can be found at http://www.yugambeh.com