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Sunday Territorian 12 Jun 2016



Sunday Territorian 12 Jun 2016


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SUNDAY JUNE 12 2016 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA FREDDY Cameron plays in a long and sustained rumble, a didgeridoo as a barge horn. Through the microphone at the instruments mouth, Freddy fills Barunga and the 2000 people watching with bass. It is a tribute to his uncle, whose death 15 years ago made him pick up the didgeridoo seriously for the first time. He plays now for his uncles memory and to pass the skills to future generations. He is crowned by applause a winner in the Barunga Festival didgeridoo competition in a three-way tie with Arnhem Lands Jamie Ah Fat and a man familiar with large audiences, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. Later, asked how he produces such a sound, Freddy puts both hands to his chest. You got to have a lot of wind, he says, before lying that anyone can play like him in a matter of weeks, if they really practised hard. The didgeridoo competition was a highlight of Barunga Festival day two, the first full day. Yesterday also marked the official opening ceremony, which, surely unlike any of its kind anywhere in the world, began early and finished before it was even scheduled on the information board to begin. Most people missed the opening speeches from Labor MP Warren Snowdon and the conspicuously short address from Chief Minister Adam Giles, who the Sunday Territorian was told had to be somewhere else. Today Barunga will fill even more. Festival director Mark Grose is hoping for about 3500 people, about a THE palaeontologist who discovered the Victoria Cave fossil deposits at Naracoorte says the Alcoota megafauna site in Central Australia should be world heritage listed. Flinders University Professor Rod Wells discovered Victoria Cave in 1969 was instrumental in it being World heritage listed in 1994. professor Wells has paid regular visits to the Alcoota, taking students north from Adelaide to work on the site. He supports the site being opened up for fossil tourism urging it be protected first to ensure historical security. He believes Alcoota could be the centrepiece of a national trail that connects book ends at Riversleigh, Queensland and Naracoorte in South Australia. Riversleigh is a world heritage site that samples the time period, 25 to 20 million years ago and at the other end Naracoorte looks at history over the last 1 million years, he said. There is a big gap in the middle and this is where Alcoota comes in. It gives us a window into Australia about 8 million years ago. The problem you have with the working site is security over the site. We tend not to open up about where the fossil sites are. It has potential for Call for Alcoota heritage listing further development but it will need security. You just dont reef bones out of the ground. There is an enormous amount of information at the site. The Giles Government allocated $3.97 million to upgrade the boardwalk track, interpretative shelter and picnic area in the Territory Budget. Chief Minister Adam Giles said the upgrades would allow visitors to observe digging works and encourage more tourists to see sites along the Plenty Highway. During a visit to the terracotta warriors in China last year Mr Giles indicated the giant covered areas and controlled access was the type of tourist potential being offered at Alcoota. Professor Wells agrees with the visionary plan saying security was critical. To just allow people to wander in and wander around willy nilly is not what we would want, he said. We know the place has enormous potential you can sample everywhere and find bone. We cant forget the science. You need the stories to tell. And the only way is to have a viable and ongoing research program. I suspect there is a lot of footwork to be done before world heritage but the advantage would be the funding for an ongoing research program. ASHLEY MANICAROS thousand more than yesterday. On offer is the football, softball and basketball grand finals; basket weaving, dancing and spear throwing competitions; and performances by Courtney Barnett and Justine Clarke. If youve never experienced the positive side of Aboriginal life, this is the place, Mr Grose says. If youve never spoken to an Aboriginal person, if youve never been to a community this is the place. This isnt about politics, this is a social event. The 2016 Barunga Festival entertains crowds in the Territory Picture: JARVIS RYAN/INSTAGRAM Barunga Festival a celebration of culture ZACH HOPE TUSK! FLEETWOOD MAC TRIBUTE SHOW 3PM @ HOWARD SPRINGS TAV!