In celebration of NAIDOC Week 2020 Federation Council have partnered with a number of community members and groups to bring many different aspects together to celebrate the traditional owners of the land.
Embark on a short cultural walk starting at Miss Ross Hill in Mulwala across the Yarrawonga/Mulwala Bridge to Yarrawonga Health.
Learn about the traditional owners of the land through dream time stories, native animal creatives, local indigenous landmarks and historic sites information points with the view of Lake Mulwala.
Continue the walk, across the Yarrawonga/Mulwala Bridge (don’t forget your permit, if you are coming back), follow the footsteps of the traditional owners down the path and across the bridge into Yarrawonga. Be guided while gazing and learning along the way.
This is all to do at your own pace any time during NAIDOC Week November 8 – November 15.
Talk a seat at one of the many picnic tables and talk to your friends, family and loved ones about all the learnings and traditional owners’ stories you see today.
Please find below an image of the walk and download the supporting information from this page.
Gibbawah or Boat Rock – Savernake
Gibbawah is the Bpangerang word, meaning rock well.
The Australian Aboriginals have never been considered people who prepare for the future. Gibbawah or Boat Rock is a manmade reservoir to catch and hold water for use over the summer period.
A big fire was lit on the site then allowed to cool. When cold gravel would be loosened and dug out. The same process would then happen again, and again, fire - dig. This process was repeated until a hole 2 metres deep was made.
The site for the hole was chosen with great care and foresight. A small shower of rain is sufficient to fill the hole with water, which is very necessary over the summer period.
Within close vicinity to the Gibbawah or Boat Rock are Kangaroos which stay in the area because of the water supply. This made them an easy catch for the aboriginals.
A trip is a must do item for anybody who is interested in Australian history. This man made dam, although very small, is one of its kind throughout the many thousands of years of aboriginal history.
Even though there are no facilities there, Gibbawah is one of a kind, and thus you will not see a phenomenon like this anywhere else in the World. Worth a trip for this alone.
Mulwala to Savernake is approximately 25 minutes’ drive.
Please note: The Boat Rock is on land proclaimed by the Government, it is not a picnic area. To get to it you have to pass through private land. Please remember to close both gates as you pass through.
Council is encouraging children to to pop into one of Federation Council's Libraries located in Mulwala, Corowa, Howlong or Urana to gain a copy of this year’s NAIDOC Week colouring in competition. Alternatively, download a copy from this page.
How do I get involved?
Follow Federation Youth Council’s Facebook page I Am Federation to follow along throughout the week in the native animal stories and learnings inspired by Bpangerang, Wirradjuri and Yorta Yorta that resided within our area, with some creative graphic arts by Federation Youth Council.
Tune into Federation Council’s Corporate Facebook page on Friday 13 November to hear Iris Troutman an Indigenous community leader read one of her favourite dream time stories at Mulwala Library.