We are proud to be friends with the original owners of this magnificent coastal area of Headlands. The Taribelang-Bunda mob have lived, loved, fished and flourished along our basalt coastline for thousands of years.
We actively engage with the Elders in order to ensure that Headlands respects the past whilst looking to a positive future together. The input from the Taribelang-Bunda Elders in almost everything we do along the coast is not only sought after by us and has resulted in much better outcomes than would otherwise be the case. This is particularly evident in the Yarning Circle, the surrounding Art Gallery and numerous other mosaic masterpieces in the community areas of Headlands.
We, as developers, and the Taribelang-Bunda Elders say Orri’ah, which means welcome to everyone to please enjoy and respect this beautiful coastal paradise that we now call Headlands.
The Taribelang-Bunda Gallery
For the Taribelang Bunda people, Boo’roo the kangaroo, is an ancient animal from our dreamtime stories and traditional dancing. As well as an important food source, they protect our land and waterways.
Boo’roo is a protector of the sacred land on and around Barolin Rocks.
A warrior from the Taribelang Bunda people was given responsibility to be the protector of Barolin Rocks and our Boo’roo, the kangaroo. His name was King Billy.
Even today Boo’roo, the kangaroo, still protects the land.
In the Taribelang Bunda cultural, Ungarr’la the eagle, was the second eye to look over and protect our country from predators.
The Taribelang Bunda people named Ungarr’la the protector of the skies.
Ungarr’la is still here protecting our country today.
For the Taribelang Bunda people, Jack’ie the sand goanna, is a spirit animal from the sands that travels up and down the beach front looking for food and laying around in the sun.
Jack’ie would hunt around the sacred area near Mon Repos looking for turtle eggs to eat.
Jack’ie would know it was turtle season by the smell. The smell would travel in the air.
Once Jack’ie had his fill of eating turtle eggs he would travel inland from Mon Repos to country and stay there until the next season.
For the Taribelang Bunda people, especially those living by the sea, Gur’ral the fish, is an important food source which sustained our health.
Gur’ral is still here guiding the people though the moon cycles for hunting.
Today our Elders pass down to the next generation what they learnt from our ancestors, that the cycle of Gur’ral still lives within our waterways.
In the Taribelang Bunda people’s dreamtime stories, Dugg’un the rainbow water snake travelled up and down along the Great Sandy Straits.
One of Dugg’un food sources was turtle eggs.
Dugg’un was a very fierce evil serpent within the sea waters.
For the Taribelang Bunda people, Moi the emu is an ancient animal from our dreamtime stories and traditional dancing. It was also a valuable food source.
The sacred lands where Moi lived were near Coonarr, along the Emu track, and a protected place where they would lay their eggs.
The Taribelang Bunda people would learn of the season for Moi the emu through the stars of the Milky Way. They would follow the stars.