The Eurobodalla Shire is situated within Yuin Country on the south coast of New South Wales. Known for its spectacular natural beauty and its strong rural and Indigenous heritage, the shire is set within 110 km of coastline and large tracks of mountainous state forest and national parks.
Eurobodalla is bounded by Shoalhaven to the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, Bega Valley Shire and the Snowy Mountain Regional Council area in the south and Queanbeyan–Palerang Regional Council in the west.
The council is serviced by six Local Aboriginal Land Councils. A member from each council sits on the Aboriginal Advisory Committee that provides advice and recommendations to council on matters that are important to Aboriginal people in Eurobodalla, as well as promoting Yuin culture within the region.
The Cultural Connections Program is partnering with the Eurobodalla Shire Council to support the employment of Project Officer, Rebecca Osei-Agyeman to lead an arts and skills development program in Eurobodalla Shire.
Rebecca will engage and consult with the Aboriginal Advisory Committee and local Yuin community to develop the Yuin Country Explored project, which will creatively explore local responses to the 250th anniversary of the Endeavour voyage along the east coast.
The event will provide employment, mentoring and training opportunities for Aboriginal visual artists, dancers, songwriters, storytellers, performers, digital media producers and filmmakers.
Yuin Country Explored will take place in the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden during the shire’s flagship arts event, the River of Art Festival, in September 2020.
The program aims to create opportunities for the shire’s local Aboriginal people to share their cultural knowledge and histories and provide an opportunity for visitors to experience Yuin country from the perspectives of the Yuin people.
Kim Bush, Division Manager, Community Development and Participation:
Eurobodalla Shire Council is proud to partner with the National Museum of Australia and our community to facilitate sharing the unique stories of the region’s enduring first peoples. Via sharing the many important local histories, cultural expressions and skills development, the project provides possibilities for revealing the past, exploring new understandings and building opportunities for the future.
Banner photo: Steve Back Photography