September 2015 saw the official release of the long awaited publication BOODJIN - The Boyagin Rock Storybook.
The release of this awesome publication marks a major milestone for the Noongar peoples, and forms part of the long term strategy established by the Pingelly Tourism Group Inc. Boyagin Rock Working Committee to promote Boyagin Rock (referred to as Boodjin by the Noongar peoples) as a site of cultural significance and a place which should be protected and respected by visitors to the area.
The stories tell of the long term connection to this site by the Noongar peoples.
It describes much of the local flora and fauna and makes for a great read for those interested in Aboriginal culture and their spiritual connections to the land.
The on-line version of the storybook can be downloaded here.
If you have been through Narrogin for the Spring into Narrogin Festival, you may have noticed a flurry of activity on the corner of Park and Fairway Streets. Renowned WA artist Rebecca Cool is working on a fabulous mural, and the Dryandra community is invited to contribute every day, until Saturday 31 October, when there will be a launch of the completed mural.
Local kids have painted their own animals travelling on the lower ribbon of the mural, and there is plenty of room for more (we are especially fond of the teeny weeny sheep), so if you know some budding young artists, please bring them to the mural so they can contribute to something which will become a landmark in the region.
The inchoate mural is already commanding a lot of attention, with visitors stopping by in the car load to take photos.
You can see more of Rebecca Cool's iconic artwork on her Facebook page, but why not take the time to meet her in person?
Many a visitor to Pingelly makes the trek out the Moorumbine Anglican Church, and the accompanying Heritage Trail. Nestled in picturesque farmland, you can reach the church by heading out of Pingelly, and following the signs to Wickepin.
An 8km drive out of town will take you past the emu farm. If you like wildlife photography, you can stop on the verge to take some photos. The emus are very curious and love to come over and have a look at what you're doing.
A few kilometres past the emu farm you'll see the turn off to Moorumbine. It's very well signed, and easy to follow. Drive past a couple of cute cottages which double as guest houses, you'll be upon the Church and pretty little cemetery in no time. the Heritage Trail map is just inside the Church grounds.
You'll find plenty of wild flowers here, and you're not too far from Tutanning Reserve (but you need to book for that tour).
For other things to do while you're in Pingelly, click here.
A couple of fanstatic community arts projects have taken place across the Dryandra region recently, and today we were lucky enough to film Rebecca Cool, and a host of local volunteers, working on a mural project at the Narrogin Town Hall.
It had been raining over night, and rained intermittently during the day, but check out what five hours of painting looks like compressed into one and a half minutes.
Rebecca is a well loved Western Australian artist. To visit her website, click here.
The 'Art Trail,' as it's known by locals, had a wonderful third year. The DCVC were heppy to help in the promotion of the region's stand out event, and this artcle was published in a national subscription magazine in March.
Written by Geire Kami
Published in The Wanderer Magazine - March 2015
With tourism coming in as the third biggest industry in Australia, lots of interesting events have started to pop up across the minor interior to cater for visitors and locals alike. While you’ll discover the energy and the isolation of the outback, you’ll also experience the vibrancy of some of Australia’s hidden gems.
Many of the big RV and caravan shows have increased in size over the last several years, showing a marked increase in self-drive tours across the country. Recent tourism research in Western Australia has shown a nice spread of intra/interstate, and international tourists taking in the sights.
You would be forgiven for thinking that 4WD, caravanning, and RVing are fast becoming an Aussie tradition as more and more people discover the freedom of the open road, but we have long known the benefits of hitting the highway for a memorable holiday.
The Dryandra Country Art, Food and Wine Trail has been building in popularity over the last couple of years in a pretty and accessible region of southern Western Australia. It is definitely worth the visit if you are thinking of heading out west for some scenic touring in autumn.
Dryandra Country starts approximately 150km south east of Perth, and is the gateway to Western Australia’s Golden Outback.
The location makes lovely driving from the City of Light, being just a dog-leg easterly detour on your way from Perth to Margaret River or Esperance. Well mapped self-drive tours of this region are de rigueur.
Historically, this region is bountiful, being not only the birth place of A. B. Facey (author of the internationally acclaimed autobiography A Fortunate Life), but also as a place of rich biodiversity.
Dryandra Country’s furthest eastern border is the iconic Rabbit Proof Fence, which dissects Western Australia into four curiously shaped pieces.
It attracts visitors from all over the world for its stunning annual wild flowers and orchids, and is the location of over 400 species of plant which were meticulously collected by the British Museum in the early 1900’s.
Today this region of Western Australia is an agricultural mecca, with huge flays of wide open land interspersed with dramatic rocky granite breakaways. Where agricultural land ends, nature reserves, bursting at the seams with stunning flora and fauna, begin.
Large-scale cultural events in country Australia not only help keep smaller towns alive, they foster diversity and have robust economic benefits for local businesses.
DCVC NEWS is compiled by DCVC staff and volunteers.