A new interactive exhibit in Normanton is highlighting the role Indigenous stockmen have played throughout the Gulf.
The Indigenous Stockmen's Display is an informative and interactive display that recognises the resilience, spirit and hard work of the indigenous men and women who played a vital role in the establishment of the cattle industry in the Gulf Region.
Carpentaria Shire Council mayor Jack Bawden said the display would enhance the experience at the Normanton Visitor Information Centre, housed in the historic and heritage-listed Burns Philp building.
"This has been in the works for many years and was initially the brainchild of Greg Campbell from Carpentaria Fuels in Karumba," Cr Bawden said.
"He kicked it off with a donation which was quickly matched by the Normanton Rodeo Association, then Council and Morr Morr Pastoral Co also got on board."
Cr Bawden said with additional funding from the Queensland Government's Year of the Outback tourism funding, the project was complete.
"The initial part of the display is up and running," he said.
"This is not something that is finished, in a way it is a living thing and can be added to.
"There are currently no stockwomen in the display but we hope to add them to it."
Cr Bawden said the display was appreciated by long-standing Indigenous stockmen.
"It's got a lot of old faces and sadly a lot of them aren't with us today, however there are still a few who have had a look at their picture in the display," he said.
"While this is a tourist attraction, the main reason behind the display was to recognise the part that Indigenous stockmen and women played in the part of developing the cattle industry, which is a big part of the Gulf's economy."
The official opening of the display was held on November 15.
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