A poll has been launched to gauge the level of support for the establishment of an Aboriginal Memorial. Views are invited from both the Aboriginal and the wider community. The proposed purpose for the memorial is to acknowledge and commemorate contributions of Aboriginal people to the Armidale area.
According to Steve (Dugan) Widders, Anaiwan Elder and Community Liaison Officer with Armidale Dumaresq Council, there is currently no memorial which recognises the significant contributions of Aboriginal people to the Armidale community and district.
“Aboriginal people have lived in the Armidale area for 30-40,000 years or more,” says Dugan. “Armidale particularly has been a meeting place for many Aboriginal peoples. In fact Armidale has been a place of education and learning for many millennia. Various Aboriginal peoples would regularly come together in the high country to exchange knowledge.”
Starfish Enterprises have been engaged by Armidale Dumaresq Council to assess the feasibility of creating of an Aboriginal Memorial.
“We are keen to know the views of as many interested people as we can,” said Adam Blakester, the lead researcher for Starfish. “This poll is one of a several streams of research being undertaken. The study is also looking at the lessons from other Aboriginal Memorials around the country, funding opportunities, possible sites as well as the creative design and maintenance requirements for the memorial itself.”
The poll is just a few questions and can be completed online at:
More details about the Feasibility Study can be found here.