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Bonye Bush University opens to educate tourists and community

26 April 2022

The Queensland Government has supported the Bunya Peoples’ Aboriginal Corporation with $542 826 to complete ‘In Country’ learning places and the creation of a tour package on the Darling Downs.

Delivered through the $7 million Growing Indigenous Tourism in Queensland (GTIQ) Fund, the project has created ‘In Country’ learning places at two locations: Gummingurru, north of Toowoomba; and in Russell Park, Bunya Mountains.

Funding at the Bunya Mountains site constructed a ‘Dhakkin’ sculptural meetings ground and Bunya Genestreams Songline Sculpture in the landscape.

GTIQ supported the construction of a ‘Dhakkin’ sculptural meetings ground with a 120-metre-long rock and concrete rainbow serpent.

It features three rainbow serpent coils with sections for women’s business, men’s business and a central performance space.

Work also included a Genestreams Songlines sculpture in the shape of a lotus lily, walking tracks and landscaping.

In addition to the learning places, a bookable Aboriginal tour package is being developed that builds upon authentic cultural content that will employ Aboriginal tour guides and establishes a platform for a sustained tourism stream.