Published On 17 October 2019 at 11:05 AM
Come along to Oak Park this Sunday and celebrate our Aboriginal culture and the Dreaming, as we bring our local story of the ‘Whales of the Gweagal’ to Cronulla. Oak Park was chosen as the new location for the significant piece of interpretive signage for several reasons. It provides some of the best ocean views in Sutherland Shire, where whales can be seen migrating up and down the coast. It is a gathering place for our community, where people can tell stories of their own while enjoying picnics with family and friends in the beautiful natural surroundings. Most significantly, it’s from this spot that you can see across to Jibbon Beach headland, where ancient rock engravings can be found, including the famous ‘whale’ from this very story. Sunday’s free community event will include short formalities, where I will welcome the community alongside our Indigenous community, a special water’s edge smoking ceremony, the chance to taste traditional bush tucker and plenty more storytelling by Indigenous Elders. The “Whales of the Gweagal” story was originally written by Aunt Deanna Schreiber, Chair of Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation and member of Council’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee. I would like to personally thank Aunt Deanna for sharing her story and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
- Carmelo Pesce - Sutherland Shire Mayor