Iconic Glasshouse Mountains celebrated in new federally funded publication

Celebrate Glasshouse Country’s new book to be launched at Beerwah Library on 4 April

A new community-published book celebrating the history and significance of the Glasshouse Mountains will be formally launched on Wednesday 4 April at 2pm, at an afternoon tea at Beerwah Library. The book, written by Beerwah local Ivon Northage and published by Celebrate Glasshouse Country Inc, was supported by a Federal Government grant of $10,289 under the Community Heritage and Icons Grant program.

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace encouraged local residents to attend the book launch and get themselves a copy.

He said “The Glasshouse Mountains are truly unique, mixing fascinating geology, inspiring indigenous stories and stunning beauty. Captain Cook named them, and Matthew Flinders explored them. To this day they remain a national icon and a one of a kind experience for climbers. This new book showcases all of this and more, and I am delighted to have been able to support its creation with a Federal grant. My congratulations to Ivon and to Celebrate Glasshouse Country on a great achievement for our region.”

The National Heritage Listed Glasshouse Mountains explores the history, geology, and naming of the Mountains. The book also includes a number of suggestions for walks and climbs in the Mountains, and describes the process of their Heritage listing. Of particular interest, the book retells the traditional stories associated with the Mountains, including the legend of how Father Tibrogargan struck Coonowrin with his nulla nulla and turned away from the disgrace of his son, and the tale of the forbidden love of Wongo and Bulguroo.

Author Ivon Northage said “This is not a history book, but it is about history. History we should be aware of, especially if you live here. We should all take the necessary steps to ensure future generations are fully aware of it. If you love living here, learn about it. If you learn about it, you’ll love it even more!”

The Federal government’s funding also allowed the production of eight short documentaries which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoE8b_i4Nkk&list=PLSlf_heQZszNV0xcf2oF7cYbnlQ-oD72o.

The project was one of the 49 projects across the country to receive funding through this round of the Protecting National Historic Sites and Community Heritage and Icons Grants programs. In total the Turnbull Government awarded more than $1.57 million in funding to community groups, individuals and local governments as well as the National Heritage List place site owners and managers.

The Protecting National Historic Sites program helps ensure Australia’s nationally significant historic heritage places are protected and maintained for future generations. The Community Heritage and Icons Grants program funds a range of interpretation, communication and promotion activities that promote community participation and awareness of places listed on Australia’s National Heritage List.

For more information go to: http://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/grants-and-funding

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Authorised by Andrew Wallace MP, Liberal National Party, 11/10 Lake Kawana Blvd, Bokarina, QLD, 4575