Arakwal Dolphin Dreaming program wins silver

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service’s Cape Byron State Conservation Area’s Arakwal Dolphin Dreaming education initiative has won a silver gong at the Australian Tourism Awards.

Large school group standing in circle, Dolphin Dreaming, Arakwal

The Arakwal Dolphin Dreaming school excursion program, which teaches students about the life and culture of Byron Bay's Aboriginal people through story, dance and creative expression, won silver in the Indigenous Tourism category at Friday’s awards gala night in Melbourne.

Environment Minister Mark Speakman said it was tremendous to see the popular Arakwal Dolphin Dreaming program win a silver gong in such a competitive field.

“We are proud of our successful joint management of Cape Byron State Conservation Area with the Aboriginal Arakwal People,” Mr Speakman said.

“This award is a testament to our commitment to education and cultural tourism initiatives.

“It recognises the authenticity in fostering a greater understanding of Aboriginal culture, history and traditions.”

North Coast MLC Ben Franklin praised the group for its commitment to education, the arts and preserving local Aboriginal culture.

“This is an extraordinary local group that fosters learning about the significance of the land and sea to the Arakwal people,” Mr Franklin said.

“The rekindling of the area’s indigenous history adds so much value to the region for locals and tourists alike.

“Our region has so much on offer for domestic and international visitors and it’s an extraordinary achievement to be recognised at the Australian Tourism Awards.”

The Australian Tourism Awards recognise and promote excellence in tourism.