Gumbaynggirr People find spiritual home PDF Print E-mail

It was in the early 1960's that the little Catholic Church was built at the Nambucca Heads Reserve. Nestled on the side of a hill within sight of the Nambucca River, the church for many years provided a spiritual focus for the people in the local Aboriginal Community.

Of the religions which had been introduced by the white people, the community leaders felt that the Catholic teachings came closest to their own perceptions of spirituality.

Years passed and the Church was sold and remodelled as a three bedroom home.

Three years ago, again for sale, the building was spied by members of the Gumbaynggirr Community.

Looking for a new site for their Language Centre, the community members approached ATSIC to provide funds for the purchase. This was approved and negotiations began.

By the end of this month the little church will have been returned to the members of the Gumbaynggirr community.

The pews and the organ may have been replaced by desks and telephones but in the eyes of the locals the new Muurrbay Language Centre will again serve them spiritually, as home for their language, their culture and heritage.