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Tour A walk in the park

Catherine MasseyBusselton Dunsborough Times
Koomal Dreaming’s Josh Whiteland with PEAC teacher Julie Gardner and year five and six students Lucy Beecroft, Devon Messenio, Finley Pollock, William Unger, Elliot Coutts, Rowan Walker, Alice Heller, Samuel Siney, Daniel Francis, Ella Golding, Gabriel Siemon, and Evie Clark.
Camera IconKoomal Dreaming’s Josh Whiteland with PEAC teacher Julie Gardner and year five and six students Lucy Beecroft, Devon Messenio, Finley Pollock, William Unger, Elliot Coutts, Rowan Walker, Alice Heller, Samuel Siney, Daniel Francis, Ella Golding, Gabriel Siemon, and Evie Clark. Credit: supplied

Primary Extension and Challenge students met with Dunsborough cultural custodian Josh Whiteland last month to enjoy a Koomal Dreaming cultural tour of the Meelup Regional Park.

The tour was part of PEAC’s “Meeting Meelup” project, an initiative to bring together youth, traditional owners and local government agencies in the region to learn more about the Park.

Ms Gardner said education and knowledge was the only way forward in reconciling with the traditional owners.

“Students experienced the park from the Wadandi people’s perspective...learning and experiencing its uniqueness from a descendent of the traditional owners of the land,” she said.

Research collected will see the students produce original video clips linking to QR codes to highlight the importance of the park, caring for country and the area’s historical and cultural significance.

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Ms Gardner said the students were preparing to negotiate with the local government to allow their QR codes to be positioned throughout the park for guests and locals to access.

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