Djiljit Mia Park

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Site of the new park

Construction began February 13 on Dunsborough’s new and unique park. Unique for a number of reasons-it was developed by the community-through the DPA and it is the only place in Dunsborough that will acknowledge People, Place and Country. This is in line with the wishes of local families. The park was opened in June, 2020

Djiljit Mia means fish home in the Wadandi language. The gathering place highlights the Aboriginal heritage, history, and associations of the Dugalup Brook area. It acknowledges the traditional fish traps, gatherings and seasonal celebrations of the traditional owners. It is on land adjacent to Dugalup Brook from Hannay Lane to Gifford Road.

Briefing for the volunteers

First Day
The first set of logs
Rocks and more rocks

The community worked together to create this gathering place, using repurposed and recycled materials throughout. It includes a performance area, natural amphitheatre seating, Aboriginal art and sculpture, all highlighting local Wadandi cultural features It also includes nature-based play features, designed around the fish trap theme. A place for all ages, locals and visitors. Work will also involve rehabilitation of the adjacent Dugalup Brook

The project relied upon community input and ownership. While partially funded through partnership with the City of Busselton and other community groups, it mostly was created through community contributions in the form of materials, equipment and labour.

End of Day One
Tamping in the “reeds”

Opening of the park, June 6, 2020