Dyungungoo sits in the Mooloola Valley
Dyungungoo represents Gubbi Gubbi attachment to land. It was selected because of a palpable feeling of spirituality.
The Gubbi Gubbi people would like to see the land returned to its state prior to European arrival so that people can walk on Gubbi Gubbi land and experience the feeling of serenity of an ancient landscape.
Dyungungoo land sits at the head of the Diamond Valley to the East of Mooloolah. The land is in pristine condition with significant assistance provided in the past by Mooloolah Riverwatch to manage the flora. This has required consistent clearing of weeds and modest road maintenance.
Dyungungoo is a place where people can go to contemplate Gubbi Gubbi spirituality. This requires maintenance and protection of the land so those wishes can be carried out with real understanding arising from presentation of the land that demonstrates Gubbi Gubbi Caring for the Land.
The Mooloolah River runs through Dyungungoo. It is heavily stoned but becomes a sandy bed further towards the sea. There are sandstones that carry evidence of shells. Alongside the river are banks of trees, many planted over recent years. The cut logs from many years ago are from trees that might have been part of Gubbi Gubbi mortuary rites.
Extracts from Historical Cultural Heritage Society of the Noosa, Maroochydore and Mooloolah Rivers.
Interview with Mr Frank Harris on 26th October 2000 by Inga Green.
“Frank Harris’s family has long links with Mooloolah and the surrounding area.
Frank has a deep respect for the Aboriginal cultural and spiritual links with the land. He talks about when the last Aboriginal people were taken away in 1902 and the period of twenty years when the forests were left alone until when his grandfather’s generation settled.
Frank talks about some Aboriginal caves up the river, one cave is known as the residential cave and another set is the burial cave. Frank remembers being told by his father that, in 1925, anthropologists found some burial remains in the burial cave and had the remains removed to Brisbane, presumably to the Museum.
He remembers that Paul Keating as Prime Minister begun a program of compensating Aborigines who had been driven off their land in the past by offering them a chance to get some land back. The land was approximately 600 acres and was owned by a timber company and Frank helped FAIRA (Federation of Aboriginal and Islander Research Action Group) to put in a claim. After a long period of negotiation they were given 429 acres, and the timber company did not sell another inaccessible block with giant Blackbutts on it. The area is between the North Mooloolah River and the main Mooloolah River.”
Dyungungoo view the land as holding spiritual values. It is a desire of the Gubbi Gubbi people to have people experience this spiritual feeling from understand cultural heritage.
"Limited logging has occurred throughout the property; however, the main focus of prior land use appears to have been the north eastern portion of Lot 2 where vegetation clearance and banana growing has occurred in a narrow strip adjacent to the Mooloolah River. An electricity easement extends in a north-south direction through Lot 2 resulting in ground surface disturbance in areas where transmission towers have been constructed and vegetation cleared within the easement. Very few vehicle tracks are present; one extends for a short distance from the entrance at Harris Road west for around 600m. Portions of this track have been cut into the steep slopes extending down to the Mooloolah River".
Source: Davies Heritage Consultants Pty Ltd