TRADITIONAL owners, Friends of Southern Eyre Peninsula Parks and Member for Flinders Peter Treloar were among the crowd of more than 70 people who enjoyed a cooked breakfast at Stamford Beach on Sunday, October 9 to celebrate Lincoln National Park’s 75th anniversary.
Friends group president Jim Egan and Shylie O’Brien unveiled a plaque to commemorate the anniversary and to acknowledge the traditional owners.
A Welcome to Country was performed by Jodi and Joanne Miller, on behalf of the Nauo nation and Emma Richards, representing the Barngarla nation, was an apology
“Despite the forecast and threatening weather we had a good turnout for breakfast”, Mr Egan said.
“We would like to thank local businesses Lincoln Fresh Fruit and Veg and Coles; and individuals Neil and Lee Russell, Kym Montoya and Shylie O’Brien, for their donations towards the community event”, he said.
“Thanks also to local staff of Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources for their support in this event and ongoing friends’ activities”.
Lincoln National Park was gazetted as a flora and fauna reserve on August 28, 1941.
Land with potable water, supplying nearby Port Lincoln and other Eyre Peninsula towns, was subsequently added to the park.
A local history brochure produced by the friends group was also launched at the plaque unveiling.
The Nauo/Barngarla are the traditional custodians of the area now known as Lincoln National Park and have been for thousands of years.
Generations of locals as well as visitors have spent time with their families in Lincoln National Park, and continue to do so.
Lincoln National Park is so close and accessible to Port Lincoln and makes an important contribution to the local economy through tourism and recreation.
Many come to see the wildlife.
The park also contributes to the community’s sense of wellbeing, healthy lifestyles and mental health.
Anyone interested in joining the friends group can contact Jim Egan on 0448 729 208.