Mr Charlie Williams who has been involved in the project since its inception was invited to talk about the significance of the event and what the marking of the burial site meant for his family. Charlie also outlined briefly the Noongar community aspirations for the reserve. Mr Grant Riley, from Dumbleyung, was invited to provide some family background related to Jane Riley and his family’s historical links to the Puntapin Rock area.
Peter Webster, Chief Executive Officer from the Shire of Wagin spoke, making note of the significance of the event and future plans for the area. The Puntapin Rock Reserve is subject to a number of joint initiatives aimed at improving its landscape and visitor experience.
The event was well attended and a number of apologies from family members who could not get there were noted. The event was concluded and celebrated with a get together and a BBQ lunch back at the Eric Farrow Pavilion in town. Family members and those in attendance joined over a meal and had the opportunity to reflect on the event.
This project has been undertaken with the support of a DAA Heritage Grant.
Article by H.Coyne, Heritage Project Officer