Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, is encouraging Territorians to visit the Territory’s National Heritage-listed sites during the Australian Heritage Festival.
More than a thousand events around the country are taking place as part of the festival that runs until 21 May.
“Thanks to a three-year partnership with the Coalition Government, the National Trust’s annual festival has now been expanded into a month-long celebration of the people and places that make Australia’s heritage so unique,” Senator Scullion said.
The NT has the following National Heritage-listed places: Hermannsburg Historic Precinct, Kakadu National Park, Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park, Wave Hill Walk Off Route, and Wurrwurrwuy.
“This exciting festival is an opportunity to learn more about places in our own backyard that have highly significant heritage values and I encourage everyone to become involved,” Senator Scullion said.
“There are opportunities to share stories, explore traditions and bring history to life through guided walks, tours, demonstrations and hands-on history experiences for all ages.
“Take a trip out to Arnhem Land this long weekend to the majestic Kakadu National Park or go see the rare Aboriginal ‘stone pictures’ at Wurrwurrwuy. They record the history of trepang (sea cucumber) trade between the Yolngu of Arnhem Land and Macassans from Sulawesi in Indonesia.
“Centralians can go check out the Hermannsburg Historic Precinct to see the old mission house and Albert Namatjira’s house or visit the iconic Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park.
“Another option is to head out to Kalkarindji to see where Vincent Lingiari led the Wave Hill Station protest against working conditions and where land rights started with the Gurindji, the first Aboriginal community to have land returned to them by the Commonwealth Government. On 15 August 1975, the then prime minister Gough Whitlam transferred a lease purchased from Wave Hill to the Gurindji. The Wave Hill Walk-Off Route includes the location of key stages in these historic events.
“The festival’s theme, Having a Voice, is extremely fitting as our nation’s heritage is rich with voices from many cultures. It is also an opportunity to learn more about the 108 places on the National Heritage List, made up of the natural, Indigenous and historic heritage places of outstanding significance to Australia.”
Find out about festival events in the NT and around the country by visiting www.australianheritagefestival.org.au, or connect via the hashtag #HavingAVoice on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.