Paul Songhurst at official hand over
Quandamooka is commonly defined as the region and indigenous people of Moreton Bay and its Islands.
The Quandamooka Project is a project for all people living on and visiting the Moreton Bay area. It celebrates the Bay with its rich reefs, mangroves, sand flats, sandy beaches and the way it has provided food, work, recreation and enjoyment for countless generations. The project name comes from the Quandamooka Peoples whose legends tell of their custodianship of these resources since creation.
Since 2001, both indigenous and European residents have cooperated closely to create this special place, Quandamooka Place -with a focus on the rich cultural and environmental heritage of the Bay. The working group consists of the Wynnum & Manly Rotary Club, the Winnam Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation (Winnam ATSIC), and the Brisbane City Council.
This special place is sited at Pandanus Beach and extends along the Wynnum Jetty. The Brisbane City Council has undertaken a $400,000 upgrade of the Jetty that complements the Quandamooka Project. A public design competition in 2002 was won by a young designer Paul Songhurst titled Bulka Booangun: Calling the Dolphins.
Major features include:
- a five metre high timber and ceramic sculpture at the entrance to the jetty, made from three recycled hardwood pylons
- six in-ground ceramic artwork panels 2.8 metres wide set into the deck of the jetty featuring designs inspired by traditional Quandamooka lore
- a 2.0m diameter in-ground ceramic artwork “direction-finder” dial at the sea-ward end of the jetty indicating visible landmarks of the Bay and various other elements related to 'finding direction'
- At the mid-point of the jetty, a 4.0m tall stainless steel sculpture resembling three spears commemorates the age-old cooperation between the indigenous people of Quandamooka and the dolphins
Each week, thousands of visitors flock to the foreshore to gaze at the islands, launch boats for casual fishing, stroll along the boardwalk and picnic on the esplanade extending four kilometres from Wynnum Creek to Lota Creek. Improvements such as Quandamooka Place and public works by Brisbane City Council and Port of Brisbane Corporation will attract even greater numbers to the foreshore.
Quandamooka Place will become the focus of such recreational activities, a must-see place and a central point from which to fan out for a day - or an hour - of enjoyment. It will also create a cultural and educational asset for future generations.
The project has been endorsed by all schools in the area, the Brisbane City Council, the Wynnum Chamber of Commerce, and the Wynnum Historical Society.
The path work and entrance sculpture was officially handed over to Lord Mayor
on the 16th of July
The Project was initiated by the Rotary Club of Wynnum & Manly as a fiftieth anniversary project 1953 -2003.