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First peoples exhibition opens in Castlemaine

29/11/2022

Visitors to Castlemaine can learn more about the Dja Dja Wurrung people and immerse themselves in a new interactive and cultural exhibition, thanks to a $400,000 investment from the Regional Tourism Investment Fund.

Situated within the iconic Castlemaine Market Building, the experience provides visitors with historic and contemporary stories from the local Dja Dja Wurrung people.

The exhibit illustrates the importance of caring for Country, bush tucker, the eagle, bat, crow and the volcano to the cultural life of the Dja Dja Wurrung. It also includes a Welcome to Country sound installation from Jaara Elder Uncle Rick Nelson, and artworks and craft from local First Nations people.

Boorp Boorp Boondyil translates as ‘passing knowledge to our children’, an acknowledgment that a Welcome to Country is one part of a larger process of instilling knowledge of Aboriginal culture to current and future generations of all people.

Castlemaine continues to be a bustling cultural hub in the Goldfields region, hosting world-class art exhibitions and showcasing local food and wine experiences.

The demand for First Peoples-led tourism experiences in Victoria is already strong, responsible for 459,400 international and domestic tourists in 2019. Overall, those tourists stayed 7.6 million nights in accommodation, contributing $1.1 billion to the state’s economy.

The project strongly aligns with the strategic pillars of the Visitor Economy Recovery and Reform Plan, which aims to support First Peoples communities tell their stories and deepen visitors’ understanding of Country.

The Regional Tourism Investment Fund is helping entice more visitors to Victoria’s regions, driving private investment and accelerating the recovery of the tourism sector.