The Bundian Way is an Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council project that is developing the ancient walking track from the coast to the mountains. This walking track is older than the silk roads and was used the Aboriginal people for trading, ceremonies, family gatherings and caring for country for thousands of years.
At many places along the route the original landscapes are still discernible and evidence of the old land management is still obvious. The Bundian Way illustrates how in the early days of European settlement, the old Aboriginal people showed the settlers the best places for their stations as well as routes through the wild country, following the pathways that had been used for thousands of years.
The Bundian Way tells the story of country and how it has been managed through time. It tells the story of dispossession and the treatment of its first people, it educates and provides opportunities for employment and reconnection to country.
At the second exhibition held at the Bundian Way Gallery at Delegate, “Healing our Spirit”, Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, gave a powerful speech. He praised the art and the imagination of the exhibition, its relevance to the Bundian Way, and considered what it will mean for the Aboriginal people in custody. He added, ‘And what we’re seeing with the Bundian Way is a reconciliation. It’s a mechanism. You don’t just get people waking up one day and saying, ‘Let’s do reconciliation.’ This is a track, a meeting place, that links the freshwater to the saltwater, the beaches to the mountains. People traversed that track for a lot longer than most of us can get our heads around. And it should be a track for all of us to come together now, where we can come together and understand the value of what’s happening in our age...’