Dreamtime Presentation launches at Coffs Harbour Dolphin Marine Conservation Park

Troy Robinson from the Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation, Clark Webb from Wajaana Yaam Gumbaynggirr Adventure Tours and the Wajaarr Ngaarlu Dancers in front of the First Nations-painted dolphin at Coffs’ Dolphin Marine Conservation Park.

 

A NEW Dreamtime Presentation was launched at Coffs Harbour Dolphin Marine Conservation Park to an invited local audience.

The Dolphin Origin Dreamtime story is narrated by local Gumbaynggirr man, Troy Robinson.

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Troy, from the Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation (BMNAC), officially opened the program with a dedicated smoking ceremony.

Guests then enjoyed some First Nations culture up close with live performances by the Wajaarr Ngaarlu Dancers featuring Clark Webb from Wajaana Yaam Gumbaynggirr Adventure Tours.

Park Life Sciences Manager Tiga Cross spent many hours revamping the presentation with her passionate team and recording the commentary with the support of local Youth Radio Station CHYFM.

“It was a wonderful experience collaborating with Angie from CHYFM and Troy from BMNAC to record the new Dreamtime story, including authentic music and sound effects,” said Tiga.

A fascinating and charming part of the Dreamtime story read by Troy, tells how three young boys were transformed into dolphins – known as Yuugirr.

The boys stayed out too late playing in the ocean – Gaagal and didn’t come home when their elders called them.

The elders realised what had happened when they saw three dolphins slapping the water with their tails.

The local Gumbaynggirr people hit the water, in the same way, to attract and herd mullet – Buluungul – to feed their mob.

Park Managing Director Terry Goodall thanked all the companies, visitors, volunteers and supporters who have contributed to Dolphin Marine Conservation Park.

“Like many organisations, the last couple of years have been incredibly challenging,” said Terry.

“Without support from the government, we could not have continued our critical marine animal rescue and rehabilitation work, or continued to maintain the animals in our care.”

Terry urged Coffs Coast locals to revisit the park and bring their family and friends this summer.

“If people haven’t visited in a while, they’ll be amazed how much has been improved.

“We hope they’ll value our strengthened focus on marine animal conservation and education.”

Park Annual Pass Holder, Tania, said, “It was such a great event, and everyone there would have thoroughly enjoyed it.

“(I) really appreciate the work of all the trainers and staff for putting so much into it.

“(I) shall be returning again very soon and again so proud to be part of today.”

“We hope that by sharing our beautiful animals with visitors, they’ll be inspired to look after our marine environments for future generations,” said Terry.

“It’s important to stress that all income supports the vital work of our charitable foundation, Dolphin Marine Rescue in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick and injured marine wildlife along the Coffs Coast.”

You can find out more about the park’s school holiday program here https://dolphinmarineconservation.com.au/tickets/daily-tickets/.

 

By Andrea FERRARI

 

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