DJA DJA WURRUNG HISTORY FEATURED ON NEW TRAIL
Stories of Aboriginal history and geography are on display for locals and visitors to enjoy at Upper
Coliban Reservoir as part of a park upgrade.
Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas visited the completed works today which included the
construction of a new shelter, known as a Mayam and walking trail a named Djangi Walendjak.
The site now features paths and landscaping adjacent to the spillway, as well as interpretive signage
telling the stories, history and geography of the Dja Dja Wurrung peoples.
The project also features black glass incorporated into the concrete slab to represent the tachylite
mine that was submerged by the formation of the reservoir. Tachylite is a rock that was used by Dja
Dja Wurrung peoples for making flaked stone tools.
Djandak, a subsidiary of Djaara, designed the Mayam using traditional shapes and incorporating
natural materials and landscaping.
Local sandstone and bluestone has also been used in the landscaping and local timbers used as
structural beams in the shelters and toilets. The plants have been selected due to their traditional
significance to the Dja Dja Wurrung peoples through their use as food and fibre plants.
Coliban Water provided $130,000 for the upgrades, giving visitors to the reservoir more options to
get outside and explore the great outdoors while learning about the area’s cultural history.
Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas
“This is another great example of two corporations working together to acknowledge indigenous
history and culture in the region.”
“It is wonderful for locals of the Macedon Ranges and visitors to the area to be able to come and
learn about the Aboriginal history and geography of this important asset.”
Quote attributable to Damian Wells Managing Director of Coliban Water
“We love partnering on country with Djaara to ensure that their history and culture is visible in the
landscape so that we may all learn and share understanding.”
Quote attributable to Steve Jackson Djandak Enterprise General Manager of Economic
“The Coliban River and surrounding areas are significant areas for the Dja Dja Wurrung people. This
project has been a great opportunity to have Djandak staff on Country building this important