Boo who Teaching resource for local schools to get to know Boonalla Aboriginal Area

With the new school year now underway, the National Parks and Wildlife Service is offering local schools a great resource for teaching about the Gomeroi people’s connection to the Boonalla Aboriginal Area spanning more than 4,000 years.

Axe grinding grooves in rock

NPWS Ranger Blake McCarthy said the Boonalla Aboriginal Area, near Kelvin village just 30 minutes north of Gunnedah, was a place of living history and now an education package was available to help connect the classroom and local reserve.

 “The education package was developed by NPWS in consultation with the Boonalla Aboriginal Area Co-management Committee to create a resource that enabled sharing of knowledge of this special place.

 “Boonalla Aboriginal Area covers around 2,000 hectares and is home to more than 120 species of native animals and plants including 12 threatened species.

 “A key feature is Boonalla cave, where recent archaeological digs uncovered hundreds of artefacts, which have helped reveal part of the story of the Gomeroi people in the local area.

 “Over 100 Aboriginal sites have been recorded in Boonalla, including artefact scatters, scarred trees, stone arrangements, a stone axe and traditional resources such as bush tucker plants.

 “The education package is a comprehensive resource covering many aspects of the Park including its history, Gomeroi connection to country and culture, bush tucker and plants and animals.

 “It comes complete with activities and information suitable for Stage 1 to 3 of the NSW Syllabus so it’s ideal for school excursions, but it’s also a valuable resource for community groups.

 “Anyone who would like more information or a copy of the education package can contact NPWS Coonabarabran on 6842 1311 and we will be more than happy to explore it with you,” Mr McCarthy said.

Contact: Jacki Roberts