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Emu in the sky Aboriginal cultural camp

Students taking part in the region’s first Emu in the Sky Aboriginal Cultural Camp are exploring astronomy, art, history and science from a unique Aboriginal perspective.

The Camp, taking place this week at the Neville Showgrounds south of Blayney, is bringing the local community together to share skills and knowledge, while building understanding and respect for Aboriginal country and culture.

Students from Blayney and Orange High Schools are learning through stories, science and hands on activities how Aboriginal people historically connected to nature and the night sky.

“There has been a growing desire in our local communities to understand more about the life of our First Australians,” said Camp organiser, Lisa Paton, from Neville and Region Landcare.

“Through this Camp we’re gathering Aboriginal knowledge and stories to build a stepping stone to other known history in a broader context.”

“We’re focusing particularly on Aboriginal astronomy, with a presentation by Dr Trevor Leaman from the University of NSW on how astronomy was used as a tool to navigate the landscape and to harvest its resources.”

Led by the Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council team, the students are learning how to identify Aboriginal artefacts and scar trees, discovering traditional uses of native plants and animals.

Blayney Shire Council have also shared their research findings on the use of traditional cool burning methods used at the Neville Cemetery.

Students are continuing their immersion in Aboriginal culture through traditional Indigenous games and the creation of an Emu in the Sky themed mural with local Wiradjuri artist, Nyree Reynolds.

The Emu in the Sky Camp is being hosted by Neville and Region Landcare in partnership with the Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Generous funding has been received from the Great Eastern Ranges - Kanangra to Wyangala Initiative, the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, the Office of Environment and Heritage, and Mid Lachlan Landcare, along with support from Central Tablelands Local Land Services, Blayney Shire Council, Orange High School, Blayney High School, and the Neville Community.

For more information about the Camp please contact Lisa Paton, Chair of Neville and Region Landcare, on 0428 975 367 or email

As this is a camp for students, the organisers request the dates and location of the camp are not advertised to the general public prior to the event.

Media contact:  Lisa Paton | 0428 975 367