Page 1176 - Week 04 - Tuesday, 28 March 2017

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settlers who fell in love after traversing the Bundian Way. There were women’s stories of gathering food, stories of swamps, the good places for growing the yam daisy and the sacred trees, where coolamons were removed for carrying the collection of fruits and yams.He told the story of the people he met and who helped him: Ozzy and Elder Cruise and their son, BJ. He explained the importance of the Bundian Way, which was used by the first peoples to travel to celebrate corroborees, to collect food such as yam daisies and Bogong moths, which he explained as tasting amazing, not unlike cashews.

John shared the stories of the government surveyors, Townsend and others, who recorded many of the Aboriginal names which we still have access to today. Townsend was the one who first mapped the Bundian Way, a resource John used many times during his research and work.

John was particularly interested in the work of Oswald Brierly, who showed great respect for the Indigenous people of the day, which in the middle of the 19th century was unusual. John shared in detail the painting of life at Bilgalera, also known as Fisheries Beach, and shared a story of the whaling conducted at the beach with the help of the local knowledge of the Indigenous people.

It was an amazingly interesting afternoon, though warm, which allowed us to be taken on a journey across the Indigenous landscape and learn something more of the Indigenous way of life and the impact of white settlement. It also made me realise again the age of this land but also that the borders we now recognise do not mean much to the Aboriginal people. It is good to know that work is continuing on this amazing pathway.

Heart Support-Australia

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (4.41): I wish to take a few moments this afternoon to speak in support of Heart Support-Australia. Heart Support-Australia has grown into a nationwide, non-profit organisation that supports heart patients but it has its humble origins here in the ACT and maintains its head office in Belconnen in my electorate of Ginninderra.

Heart Support-Australia’s beginnings date back to 1986, when Canberran Max Nancarrow found himself struggling after a heart bypass operation. At his six-week check-up Mr Nancarrow was told by the doctor that he was okay to go home and carry on with his life. He did not feel okay, though, and he struggled to cope with everyday life. More importantly, he had nobody to talk to who understood what living with a heart condition was really like.

The stress of having no support created additional trauma, not just for Mr Nancarrow but also for his family members. To fill this void, he and a few others facing the same problem eventually formed three support groups—one here in the ACT, one in Batemans Bay and one in Brisbane—originally called the Australian Cardiacs Association. The Australian Cardiacs Association changed its name to Heart Support-Australia in 1997 to better reflect the role of the organisation and its focus.

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