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The idea for Arrawarra: Sharing Culture resulted from a meeting in late 2004 between Garby Elders and members of the organisations that later formed the project committee. The opening of the fish traps, planned for Easter 2006, determined the timing of the project.

August 2005
  • Application for funding submitted to the Environmental Trust, Environmental Education Program.
January 2006
  • First full set of gugumbal surveys.
February 2006
  • First meetings of the project committee to discuss the timeline for the project.
April 2006
May 2006
  • Completion of the artworks for the project by Alison Williams.
November 2006
  • The first training workshop at Station Creek.
  • Presentation of paper on the project at the 15th NSW Coastal Conference, Coffs Harbour.
December 2006
  • Presentation of a poster on gugumbal at the national Molluscs 2006 conference, Wollongong.
May 2007
  • Framed artworks by Alison Williams are open for display at the Wadjar Art Gallery at Yarrarwarra Cultural Centre.
July 2007
  • A three-day training workshop was conducted at Station Creek. This included conducting gugumbal surveys as well as finding and trying different types of bush tucker.
September 2007
  • Sydney Weekender films a section about the fish traps. Following on from this, the first attempt to use the traps using traditional methods since the 1970s was completed during a 'blue moon'.
  • Smith, S., Mohring, M. and Davey, A. (2007)
    Variation in the external morphology of Turbo militaris Reeve, 1848
    Australasian Shell News 132:4-5.
December 2007

July 2008

  • Hosted production crew for ABC Message Stick from 28 July to 1 August. This involved interviews with Garby Elders and the Project Team. Filming occurred at the fish traps, on the foreshores of Corindi River, at Station Creek, and at key sites at Red Rock.
Gumbaynggir Nation
Arrawarra Headland
Fish Traps
Traditional Fishing
Other Food from the Sea
Hunting and Cooking
Arrawarra Midden
Bush Calendar
Useful Plants Trees
Useful Plants Fruit
Useful Plants Leaves
Scientific Monitoring
Gumbaynggirr Language
Gatherings and Ceremonies
Oral Histories