'Maybe aliens are behind bora rings' in way of bypass
AN aboriginal man says if markings in the ground aren't recognised as culturally significant bora rings, only aliens can explain their existence.
He made the statement as the Department of Transport and Main Roads prepares to build the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing through the site.
The man, a member of the Western Wakka Wakka people, has been working with the department and asked to remain anonymous.
He described the rings as an aboriginal "church or school grounds" where young indigenous people learned about laws and were inducted into the community.
He said grass hadn't grown in the rings, located near Charlton between Holmes Rd and the Warrego Hwy, for more than 100 years.
The man said they were clearly visible from the sky and that aboriginal groups were concerned about the site being damaged.
Separate archaeologists have examined the site and the department decided the site was not culturally significant.
The man is calling for the department to change its route to bypass the rings.
"If aborigines are not responsible for the rings, maybe they are crop circles from aliens," he said.
A representative for the department said in a statement it would undertake additional archaeological assessment in the area before proceeding with construction.
"We have been made aware that some members of the Western Wakka Wakka people, who have an interest in the TSRC corridor, believe ring features once existed at this location.
"Following on from previous archaeological studies, the department commissioned an independent archaeologist in November 2015to investigate if the features existed. The existence of ring features at this location is a matter of contention among... signatories to the Cultural Heritage Management Agreement (CHMA).
"The independent archaeologist commissioned by the department considered there was insufficient evidence that ring features existed.
"The Western Wakka Wakka signatories (by majority) to the CHMA agreed in May 2016 that works can proceed through the area."
Nexus is continuing to take on views from various representatives.