Unique natural and cultural history of state’s Mid North on show

Date posted: 22 April 2013

A free community event aimed at raising awareness of local natural and cultural history will be held as part of South Australia’s History Festival ABOUT TIME.

Natural Resources Northern & Yorke will host the event at Red Banks Conservation Park on Sunday 26 May.

The location was deemed a “perfect setting” for the event given: 

  • it conserves a variety of fossils, including megafauna fossils of Diprotodons. Red Banks differs from many other megafauna sites as the fossils are often found as whole specimens
  • it contains naturally-visible geological profiles up to 30 metres in depth, exposed through the incision of watercourses
  • in the mid 1800s the area was part of a Travelling Stock Route, watering more than 20,000 sheep per month
  • the land was traditionally associated with the Ngadjuri people managing and conserving these inland environments, which provided vital food and water resources
  • a refuge for biodiversity, containing more than 120 native plant species and numerous threatened ecological communities.

Activities and guided walks near the day visitor area of Red Banks Conservation Park will be held throughout the day from 10am to 4pm.

There will be a wide variety of activities to choose from, including:

  • Aboriginal cultural tours led by Quenten Agius of Aboriginal Cultural Tours. Tours will start at 10.30am and again 1.30pm, giving participants the opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal heritage and dreaming stories
  • Professor Flint - Dancing with Diprotodons.

This activity involves a singing Scottish palaeontologist “Professor Flint”.

The children’s entertainer will take youngsters on a musical adventure about megafauna. The performance will begin at 12.30pm.

  • Taking a walk with palaeontologist Dr Aaron Camens. The tour begins at 2pm and will also include an appearance by “Professor Flint”
  • Fossil displays and activities hosted by Mike Gemmel (Manager, Discovery Centre) and Professor Rod Wells from the South Australian Museum
  • Taking a self-guided journey along the Landscapes of Change Interpretive Hike. Visitors can discover how the landscape has changed over thousands of years on the 5km loop

DEWNR Ranger (Community) Wendy Cliff says the day will be a great opportunity for families to learn more about different aspects of the Mid North’s history which they may not know about.

“We encourage everyone to come along and celebrate South Australia’s History by getting to know a little more about this region,” she said.

“It promises to be a fun day out for all ages and it will be the first time ‘Dancing with Diprotodons’ has been brought to this region.”

For more information contact the Natural Resource Centre, Northern & Yorke on (08) 8841 3400.

ABOUT TIME runs statewide from Wednesday 1May to Friday 31 May. For more information on the festival, go to www.abouttime.sa.gov.au.

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