Congratulations Wreck Bay community - 25 years since handback

8 March 2012

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Today the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community celebrates 25 years since the historic handback of their community lands at Jervis Bay.

Director of National Parks Peter Cochrane sent his congratulations to traditional owners and guests gathered to celebrate the occasion at Wreck Bay.

"Today's celebrations mark the significant moment in March 1987 when the Australian Government handed 403 hectares of Wreck Bay community lands back to their traditional owners. The Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council was also established at the same time," Mr Cochrane said.

"We are very proud to have worked closely with the Wreck Bay council and community for the past 25 years. Together we jointly manage one of Australia's most popular national parks - Booderee.

"Booderee is owned by the Wreck Bay community. Their traditional knowledge of Jervis Bay's plants, animals and cultural heritage is crucial to looking after the park.

"Booderee is also home to the only Aboriginal-owned and managed botanic gardens in Australia. The Wreck Bay community have created a bush food and medicine learning hub at the Gardens, teaching young people and sharing their knowledge with the Gardens many visitors.

"We congratulate the Wreck Bay community on their many successes over the past 25 years, and look forward to continuing to work with them so future generations will love Booderee as much as we all do today."

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