Willow Tree pathway unlocks Gomeroi riches

A NEW project at Willow Tree will help travellers unlock the hidden cultural riches along the 600km Kamilaroi Highway.

The Willow Tree Visitor Information Centre will soon be home to a pathway designed to enlighten people to the Gomeroi people’s traditions.

The Kamilaroi Highway runs through land that contains a treasure trove of significant Gomeroi artifacts including the Brewarrina fish traps, regarded by many as the oldest man-made objects in the world.

Liverpool Plains Shire Council’s director of economic and community development Neil McGarry said it was expected the project would be completed in the coming weeks.

“What we’re hoping is that people will learn to understand the richness of the Gomeroi culture pre-contact,” he said.

“It was a very sophisticated culture and we’d like to get that message across, but it’s also designed to educate people about what they still might see of Aboriginal culture when they’re just driving along the road.”

The completed pathway, which was made possible by a $25,000 government grant, will be officially unveiled in July to coincide with NAIDOC Week.

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