Passage of Time: Stories of the Pumicestone Passage Catchment

Passage of Time: Stories of the Pumicestone Passage Catchment

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We’ve been telling stories since the beginning of man.

Stories connect us through time to each other. They tap into existing knowledge and create bridges to carry it. They connect us to our landscape.

The Pumicestone Passage is an extraordinary place, rich in beauty, productive soils, waterways…and history ripe for the telling.

On May 2nd, all people of the Pumicestone catchment are warmly invited to share insightful stories of how their catchment has been managed, from Aboriginal times through to the present, at a free event at the Beerwah Community Hall.

To launch what is shaping up to be a very memorable day, Minister for Environment and Heritage protection Andrew Powell will be sharing a story of his own connection to this special place. Local Councillors too will be there with their own tales.

This gathering is made possible through funds from the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, being delivered by SEQ Catchments with a dedicated team of Traditional Custodians, agricultural and conservation historians and local government.

Susie Chapman of SEQ Catchments said

“By the telling of these stories from moments or chapters in this colourful history, the Pumicestone catchment community will be able to acknowledge and learn from what has happened and why.”

“This is the start of a new chapter in the collaborative catchment management for the Pumicestone, with the very recent endorsement by both local councils of a new collective plan developed by many over the last two years,” she said.

Be prepared to go on a journey from the Aboriginal Dreamtime, through old fishing and oyster days, the soldier settlement and early forestry, the conservation fights and the glory of agricultural production at its peak.

Thanks to the Sunshine Coast library, a large archive of historical photos and maps will be on display.

Do you, your family or your organisation have a story you would like to share? It may be told in narrative, photos or song. It may be of farming, forestry, of conservation or fishing, or any other glimpse into how the land and the waterways were managed and the people behind it.

It may be just a small story that paints a vivid picture in time.

There is a story in all of us. Come and share yours!

Booking is essential. You can call Susie Chapman on 54594788 or email or book directly at eventbrite.

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