Traditional owner’s ceremony for playground site

Members of the Kubirri will perform a traditional smoking ceremony at Bubu Kinkari  -George Davis Park- Tuesday, to prepare the site for the construction of an all abilities playground in Mossman.

 Cairns Regional Council will begin building the playground, which includes a wide variety of structural elements for children’s play interspersed with landscaping, early next week.

 Division 10 Councillor Julia Leu said the smoking ceremony was an important practice for traditional owners who use the custom to cleanse places, heal ill feelings and ward off bad spirits.

 “The involvement of the traditional owners in the beginning stages is important, as the playground will be a place for all people,” Cr Leu said.

 “The playground structure is designed to be used by children with a variety in levels of ability.  It will include some very engaging structures such as a double flying fox, a wheel-chair accessible carousel, bamboo maze and balance beams.”

 The playground will encompass a sensory space with outdoor musical instruments, sand and water areas and a barbeque picnic node.

 The existing playground at Bubu Kinkari – George Davis Park – will be closed during construction works.  It is expected that the project will take eight weeks to complete.