Honouring 50 years of work by Georgina Williams on the Tjilbruke Track

Published on 09 April 2021

A plaque was renewed today at Port Noarlunga’s Tutu Wirra Reserve to recognise the cultural importance of the Tjilbruke Dreaming Track.

The Tjilbruke Dreaming Track is a significant ancestral journey along Adelaide’s coast, and the Tutu Wirra Reserve is home to one of 10 cultural markers, celebrating the natural springs that form an integral part of the Dreaming Track story.

The ceremony held today acknowledged the 50 years of work that Senior Kaurna Tribal Woman Georgina Williams has dedicated to her people, her culture and the broader Onkaparinga community.

City of Onkaparinga Mayor Erin Thompson attended the ceremony and spoke of the importance of upholding the cultural values of the Traditional Owners of the City of Onkaparinga region.

“I am proud to stand here today on behalf of our city to acknowledge the 50 years of work by Senior Tribal Woman Georgina Williams - Woman of Water, because it’s the right thing to do," Mayor Thompson said.

“A life's work dedicated to your family, your people, your culture and to the reawakening of this sacred Dreaming story, so your people could come home to country.

“Georgina's resolve has been second to none, she has maintained her path with unwavering strength and wisdom. She has always stayed true to her convictions with the future generations in mind.

“The Tjilbruke Dreaming Track was officially opened on the 18th of December 1986 supported by the Minister for Environment and Planning Susan Lenehan.

“We are listening in a deeper way, which has opened a new way of understanding this story for myself and my fellow councillors.

“I stand here today in truth and respect. I stand here today as Mayor of the City of Onkaparinga. I stand here today to admit that we haven't always gotten it right.

“It is a new beginning, and I acknowledge and commit to continue to respectfully walk together with you and your family and First Nations people in the City of Onkaparinga."

To respect the cultural significance of the Tjilbruke Dreaming Track marker, council also recently removed the reserve’s outdoor fitness equipment at the Tutu Wirra Reserve and created an environment that is more in keeping with the natural world.

This will allow a less obstructed view of the Onkaparinga River/Nangkiparri estuary. It will also become a space for cultural ceremony and educational visits for the residents and schools who live in the City of Onkaparinga.

The fitness equipment will be refurbished and reinstalled at a more appropriate location.