WHERE HEARTLAND IS BASED
Bellingen Shire (For anyone who wants to know more about a gem of an area on the mid north coast of NSW)
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GUMBAYNGGIRR PEOPLE OF THE MID NORTH COAST NSW
( traditional Aboriginal people of this area)
The Gumbaynggirr lands cover an area of the Mid North Coast NSW from the Nambucca River to as far north as the Clarence River (Grafton), west to Armidale and eastward to the Pacific coast, making the Gumbaynggirr tribe one of the largest in NSW. Evidence indicates people have lived in the area for many thousands of years.
Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative began in 1986, when Gumbaynggirr Elders got together to revive their language and hand it down. Muurrbay means ‘white fig tree’ in the Gumbaynggirr language. Muurrbay aims to support Aboriginal people, particularly Gumbaynggirr, in the revival and maintenance of their language and culture, and so strengthen their sense of identity, self esteem and links to country
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FACT SHEET 1 Gumbaynggirr Nation. Aboriginal Australia is divided into a number of nations, and then often into smaller tribal (Elders) groups.