Aboriginal Shield Tree unveiled in Woorabinda Bushland Reserves

​Visitors to Hender Reserve in Stirling, part of the Woorabinda Bushland Reserves, can now discover a traditional Peramangk shield carving, which marks a traditional waterline trade route through the Mount Lofty Ranges.

The Shield Tree, carved by Aboriginal Elder Ivan-Tiwu Copley, was created as part of the highly successful Waterlines project by The Hut Community Centre, and has now been marked with an informative sign to give visitors more information about the area's history.

At the official unveiling of the site on 7 September, Ivan-Tiwu Copley gave a Welcome to Country and a brief history of the land we now know as the Woorabinda Bushland Reserves.

Council's Community and Cultural Development Officer, Lynne Griffiths, attended the ceremony and expressed that the carving will lend an element of discovery to those exploring the Reserves.

"The Shield Tree acts as a reminder that the Peramangk and Kaurna peoples have walked on and cared for this land and water for thousands of years and, as a living culture, continue to do so," she said.

To see the Shield Tree visitors can enter the Reserves from Hender Road, Stirling, and walk in the direction of the Woorabinda lake. If you locate it we encourage you to post your photos online and tag us in your discovery!

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The carving of the Shield Tree
Council acknowledges that we conduct our business on the traditional lands and waters of the Peramangk and Kaurna people. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging as the Custodians of this ancient and beautiful land.
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