Cultures combine for Cairns park Naming!
The rich cultural heritage of Cairns will be recognised in a new name for White Rock’s Hollywood Boulevard Park.
A ceremony will be held this Sunday to bestow the name Minniecon/Mundji Gungi Park, honouring both the area’s traditional owners and one of the region’s most prominent South Sea Islander families.
The dual name reflects the contribution of the Minniecon family to the region’s early history, as well as the name the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji people, the Traditional Custodians of the land, have always used for the nearby white peak.
“The new name for the park is a public acknowledgement of the roles both groups have and continue to play in this diverse region.
“We are fortunate that so many people from so many parts of the world call Cairns home.
“In the case of the Minniecon family, and other South Sea Islander families, the choice was not always theirs but the contribution they have made since is undeniable.
“It is timely that this weekend’s ceremony coincides with nation-wide celebrations marking the arrival of South Sea Islander people in Australia 150 years ago.”
James Minniecon arrived in Australia from Vanuatu in the late 1800s as indentured labour to work in the cane fields. His son James Stirling later moved to Edmonton, forging the connection with the Cairns region. Members of the Minniecon family continue to live in White Rock.
The park renaming ceremony starts at 1pm and will be followed by a cultural celebration including live music, DJs, dancers, food stalls and performances from South Sea Islander community groups.
More background on the Minniecon family is available on Council’s website (full link: http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/66387/Park-naming-information-and-map.pdf)