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The bush capital and the platypus


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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Wally Bell is a Ngunawal elder who has lived on Country all his life and feels a strong affiliation to Canberra as the bush capital of Australia. Wally talks about the mulanggang, or platypus, which is found in his country and is a totem for his clan group. Wally talks about the significance of the platypus to his people and the importance of people respecting the waterways when they visit Canberra.