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An informative page sharing facts on Yalingbila Bibula

Q.  What is Yalingbila Bibula?

A. A new cultural interpretive space for Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), Yalingbila Bibula will tell the story of the island’s Traditional Owners and their continuous connection to the majestic humpback whales. It will also support the vision of becoming a global conservation, research and education destination for residents, visitors, researchers and students.

Yalingbila Bibula will provide a stunning new interactive cultural and environmental learning experience that will include the skeleton of a 15-metre male adult humpback whale.

Q. How did the project come about?

A. The proposal initially was announced in 2011, as part of the original Economic Transition Strategy (ETS) for Minjerribah. During the same period that Traditional Owners, government and island stakeholders were working together to determine a new way forward for Minjerribah, a 15-metre male adult humpback whale came ashore. The skeleton has been housed by the Queensland Museum for return to the Traditional Owners and Minjerribah. 

Yalingbila Bibula (whale on the hill) is one of 23 Queensland Government ETS projects and is being led by QYAC on their behalf. 

Q. What is the ETS?

A. The Queensland Government is committed to phasing out sand mining on Minjerribah – by the end of 2019 and expanding the island's existing industries to ensure a strong, sustainable economy for all who live there.

To deliver this commitment, the Queensland Government has developed the North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy. This strategy aims to:
. diversify and expand the current tourism industry
. expand education and training opportunities
. stimulate local business development and growth.  


Q. Has the project begun yet?

A. Yes, the initial stage has now begun. The initial project stage is community consultation. In December 2018 the project began with an online survey, an email address for enquiries and input and community consultation sessions. Thank you to all those who made the effort to attend the first session on the 20th of December. We look forward to the second community consultation session upcoming on the 23rd of January at Mooloomba Headland.
For those who can not make the community consultation sessions, we appreciate your input to the project via the online survey at yalingbilabibula.com.au and via email to yalingbilabibula@qyac.net.au

Q. What does it practically mean when trusteeship was transferred?

A. Redland City Council (RCC) agreed with the State Government to transfer trusteeship for a small part (approx. 1%) of the reserve to QYAC not the whole reserve. QYAC was required to demonstrate security of tenure for the establishment of an interpretive space promoting Quandamooka culture and the significance of Yalingbila to the Quandamooka People.

The change of trusteeship does not change regulation regarding the ability to build within the reserve. The Conservation Management Plan (CMP) (Converge 2008) for the reserve recommends built works that might bring an enhancement of cultural heritage values on specific sites, including at the site being investigated.

Q. Why was the location of the old tennis courts chosen?

A. The site of the old tennis court and clubhouse is a predisturbed clearing that still has the concrete remnants there today. A structure located there is away from the cliff edge, will not impede the gorge walk and will not impact the ability to view the spectacular Yalingbila migration.

The site is perfectly situated for visitors and students to enhance their experience with readily available interpretive information on the Quandamooka Peoples' association with Mooloomba and information on the Yalingbila.

The CMP identifies the site for possible enhancement of cultural heritage values through built works. Also the cultural heritage studies determined the site is suitable for building and cultural heritage will not be impacted.

Q. Is the site consistent with the Conservation Management Plan?

A. Yes, the CMP that was completed in 2008 by Converge for RCC states that:
'built works for future consideration that might bring an enhancement of cultural heritage values are suggested in three or four nominated places particularly, namely.... the vicinity of the former tennis court and hall.'


Q. What is the approximate size of the proposed site?

A. The site for Yalingbila Bibula (Whale on the Hill) is only a small contained parcel, approx. 20m x 10m or 200m2  or  1% of the Point Lookout Foreshore Reserve, that will revitalise the old tennis court and clubhouse site to display the whale skeleton for visitors to enjoy. The proposed envelope is small when compared to the 2000m2 envelope for the man-made boardwalk around the headland and is only minor compared to the buildings already in the foreshore precinct. The facility will not affect the walk or the panoramic view out to the whales.

Point Lookout Foreshore Reserve

Point Lookout Foreshore Reserve

Point Lookout Foreshore Reserve Site

Site

Q What current infrastructure exists on the reserve?

A. There are many buildings across the broader Mooloomba Headland including resorts, roads, businesses and homes. Examples of existing infrastructure in the Point Lookout Foreshore Reserve headland heritage listed area includes:
. Cylinder Beach Campground– Buildings x 7 including Toilet block and Office Building
. Cylinder Beach bottom car park and associated picnic infrastructure
. Bitumen Rd to Cylinder Beach
. Cylinder Beach top Carpark and road.
. Deadman’s Beach Carpark
. Gorge Boardwalk
. Headland Park Carpark
. Headland Park redevelopment and picnic facilities
. Headland Park Bushcare Nursery
. Surf Lifesaving Club
. Point Lookout Weather Station
. Commercial operators who operate from mobile facilities within the reserve.  

Q. When was the natural environment disturbed?

A. The broader Mooloomba Headland was changed forever through European occupation and eventual establishment of the Point Lookout Township.

Significant change has occurred across the reserve over the past 100 years. The headland was significantly cleared for cattle grazing, defence force use during the second world war, used as camp grounds, with other recreational uses and wild horses also having a significant impact. More recently RCC has undertaken significant construction projects including the car park and toilet facilities. 

The Mooloomba Headland, as a result of commercial enterprise and past decision making has many areas containing lights, concrete, hard surfaces, signage and noise.

Q. What type of structure is being proposed?

A. No intrusive structures are being proposed on the Gorge Walk Precinct part of the Point Lookout Foreshore Reserve. There are currently no designs for the implementation of the interpretive space or how to best highlight the cultural significance of Yalingbila.

The project aims to develop any structure in a way that is sensitive and promotes the cultural and environmental values of the landscape. It aims to increase broader community awareness of the significance of this place for Quandamooka People and culture.

The initial project stage of community consultation is now underway. The second community consultation session is upcoming on 23rd of January at Mooloomba Headland.



Q. Has the cultural heritage of the site been considered?

A. Yes, in addition to cultural heritage management plan in 2008 and the recommendation in the RCC CMP for the site’s possible enhancement of cultural heritage values through built works, further cultural heritage studies have been undertaken within the area and specifically on the old tennis court site. A cultural heritage study in 2015 identified the Mooloomba headlands area generally as place of high cultural significance, therefore, Ground Penetrating Radar works and a systematic sub-surface probing program was undertaken on the proposed old tennis court site in 2018 which determined the site is suitable for building and cultural heritage will not be impacted.

Q. Who is going to economically benefit from Yalingbila Bibula?

A. As an ETS project for Minjerribah to transition it’s economy from mining to other sustainable avenues, Yalingbila Bibula was strategically conceptualised to reduce fluctuation in seasonal tourism economy.

Improving education opportunity in the region and encouraging people to visit in the annual Yalingbila migration sighting period of May to November, the traditional low tourism season, directly aids local business.

Q. What are the benefits for the education sector?

A.  The project will focus to on the cultural and scientific aspects of the Yalingbila. There is great potential to involve universities in this facility which will provide a significant bonus to the Education sector. The world’s longest running whale migration count will continue to operate just metres from the interpretive space. We are also looking to community for ideas on how we can enhance the educational elements of Yalingbila Bibula to benefit all.

Q.  How will the tourism numbers be managed?

A. Yalingbila Bibula has the potential to increase tourism to the Mooloomba area in non-peak times. As an ETS project, it does not stand alone, the 23 projects are strategically planned and linked to support each other and work together. Specifically, the Queensland Government has developed a public transport study into infrastructure, services and connections on the island and to the neighbouring mainland which will assist in preparing Minjerribah. 


Quandamooka Country is the Quandamooka People’s sanctuary that we have carefully managed for thousands of generations.
We acknowledge that our physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing and connection to country has been handed to us by our ancestors. Through our continued cultural practices we maintain, protect and nurture our cultural and natural values across all of Quandamooka Country for our children’s children.
Quandamooka People have always shared our sanctuary with others who respect our values. We must ensure that there is always sufficient space and time for Quandamooka People to access and enjoy country and resources and to undertake cultural activities.

Gudjundabu Marumba Gubiyiyanya - Tourism for a Glad Tomorrow: a five year strategy for sustainable tourism on Quanadmooka Country,
a Traditional Owner document supported by government and industry.

Like to know more about the cultural heritage studies of the site?

In 2008, archaeologists from Converge Heritage and Community were engaged to undertake a survey of the Mooloomba area. Which reported that the “likelihood of Aboriginal People exploiting the landscape within the Mooloomba headland area would be low” (Converge 2008). However, once QYAC became the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Body, it became apparent that further investigation of the areas around Mooloomba needed to be undertaken.

In 2015, in conjunction with RCC, QYAC and Everick Heritage Solutions undertook a Cultural Heritage Study of areas on Minjerribah including the Point Lookout Headlands (Everick 2015). The report identified the headlands as a place of high cultural significance. Also identified, were areas of known heritage, such as the area around the Point Lookout Surf Club, where a highly significant shell midden is currently eroding out of the side of the cliff and has previously been impacted by development. One of the recommendations in the Everick report suggested that should ground disturbing activities be undertaken, that ground surface testing needs to be undertaken. Therefore, in accordance with these recommendations, a proposal was developed to undertake Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) works, a systematic sub-surface probing program and archaeological test pitting.

On the 5th of November 2018, Everick Heritage Solutions, The University of Queensland Culture and Heritage Unit and QYAC under took GPR Work to assess the presence of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Material. Cultural material such as middens, hearths and burials can easily be identified during this type of geophysical investigation. The report demonstrated that the area of the proposed Whale Interpretative Facility, was highly disturbed due to the construction of a Tennis Court, with the remains of the cement slab still visible. Dr Lowe reported that “based on the geophysical data, this report assesses the potential for the existence of shell midden, hearths and burials as low” (UQCHU 2018).

Again, in accordance with the 2015 recommendations, on the 7th of December 2018, QYAC and Everick Heritage Solutions undertook an extensive sub-surface probing program. Initial results show that there is no sub-surface shell midden or other prehistoric archaeological features in the immediate disturbed area. Testing was also undertaken in the uncleared surrounds, and again, no Aboriginal Cultural Heritage material was found. A final report on the area will be received by QYAC in the new year. It was deemed that archaeological test pitting would not be necessary, as the current evidence shows that there is a very low chance of Aboriginal Heritage being present in the area. 


YALINGBILA BIBULA COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS
Mooloomba Headland (Point Lookout )

Been held:   10am – 1pm, Thursday 20 December 2018
Up coming:   10am – 1pm, Wednesday 23 January 2019

For those who can not make the community consultation sessions, we appreciate your input to the project via the online survey at yalingbilabibula.com.au and via email to yalingbilabibula@qyac.net.au