- Friday 29 April 2016
The unique indigenous-inspired playground at Muller Park in Bli Bli will be officially opened tomorrow as part of Heritage Discovery Weekend on the Sunshine Coast.
Kabi Kabi First Nation people provided inspiration for the playground upgrade, which has already proven to be very popular with families.
Tomorrow’s official opening, which will start at 10am, will feature a didgeridoo welcome, local indigenous storytelling and a Welcome to Country from Kabi Kabi representative Lyndon Davis as well as Kabi Kabi cultural workshops and activities.
A culturally significant site with a long history of Aboriginal and later South Sea Islander occupation, Muller Park’s new playground design is based on the animals and materials used in traditional day-to-day life by the Kabi Kabi people.
Muller Park was a known gathering area for local Kabi Kabi with middens and other artefacts located on the site.
The new playground is in the middle of the park, near the recently constructed barbecue and picnic shelter and toilet facilities.
The playground elements inspired by the Kabi Kabi include:
- Oyster path: Oysters were one of the main food sources for the Kabi Kabi people with a large number of oyster shells found in midden excavations
- Fish (kid) trap: Based on the traditional fishing trap, the fish (kid) trap resembles the bell shape of the traps traditionally woven from grasses and reeds
- Black swan rockers: Black swans and their eggs were hunted for food and the swan forms part of the dreamtime story of Mt Coolum
- Basket swing: Kabi Kabi women would gather fern roots, eggs and honey, and carry them in baskets woven together from leaves and grasses.
Division 9 councillor Steve Robinson said the playground had already proven to be a hit with local families, as well as others from around the Coast who have been travelling to Bli Bli just to see the new facilities.
“Council has really enjoyed the chance to link with our local indigenous community to come up with a playground that not only is unique on the Sunshine Coast but also showcases the Kabi Kabi’s heritage and performs an important educational role,” Cr Robinson said.
“There were plenty of kids who were getting excited when they saw what was being created here and they have quickly given the new playground the thumbs up.
“It adds to the great range of playground facilities we have on the Coast and council is keen to keep developing these to encourage our children to get out in a great climate and have some fun, as well as some all-important exercise.”
The playground upgrade was funded by council’s $183 million Capital Works Program.
The Heritage Discovery Weekend is funded by the Sunshine Coast Council Cultural Heritage Levy which was introduced in 2009 to ensure the region’s stories, traditions and places continue to be protected and experienced by future generations.
Further details about the Heritage Discovery Weekend is available on council's Facebook page.