- Tuesday 23 February 2016
The Kabi Kabi First Nation people have provided the inspiration for a playground upgrade that is underway at Muller Park in Bli Bli.
A culturally significant site with a long history of Aboriginal and later South Sea Islander occupation, Muller Park’s new playground design has been based on the animals and materials used in traditional day-to-day life by the Kabi Kabi people.
Muller Park was a known gathering area for local Kabi Kabi with middens and other artifacts located on the site.
The playground, which has been designed in collaboration with the Kabi Kabi people, is being relocated to the middle of the park, near the recently constructed celebration shelter and toilet facilities.
The playground elements inspired by the Kabi Kabi include:
Oyster path: Oysters were one of the main food sources for the Kabi Kabi people with a large number of oyster shells found in midden excavations;
Fish (kid) trap: Based on the traditional fishing trap, the fish (kid) trap resembles the bell shape of the traps traditionally woven from grasses and reeds;
Black swan rockers: Black swans and their eggs were hunted for food and the swan forms part of the dreamtime story of Mt Coolum;
Basket swing: Kabi Kabi women would gather fern roots, eggs and honey, and carry them in baskets woven together from leaves and grasses.
The playground upgrade, which will take around eight weeks to complete, is funded by council’s $183 million Capital Works Program.