Coopers Creek stories wanted
The Coopers Creek Reconnecting to Country project aims to improve the environmental health and awareness of the Wilsons River Catchment and also to promote reconciliation between the Widjabul people and more recent settlers to the district.
Since a community workshop last November, a group of farmers, bush regenerators and ecologists have developed a plan that spans the Corndale, Rosebank and Dunoon areas.
The Coopers Creek project proposals include the installation of an eco toilet at Rosebank Reserve, signs describing local Indigenous stories at Dorrobbee Grass and riparian work along Coopers Creek at Corndale. Water testing is to be done by some local schools and a small publication about Coopers Creek is going to be published.
The focus of the book will be on the importance of the creek, its natural and cultural values, from pre- European history right up to the present day.
“As part of the research for the book we are looking for stories from old residents or their descendants, or from anybody who could point us in the direction of some of the early history of Coopers Creek,” team co-ordinator Emma Stone said. “Whether they are about early white settlement, older Widjabul occupation, logging, farming, flooding, fishing, transport, rainforest, animals or things we haven’t even considered, we would love to hear about them. Every tit-bit of information will add to the depth of the whole story.”
If you have a story to share, contact Emma at email@example.com or 0429 693 111, or Marie on 6689 5261 or firstname.lastname@example.org.