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14,000-year old quarry found at The Narrows

Scott Chisholm, Jack Marou, Jordan Lindley and Jamie Williams assess the cultural significance of a 14,000-year old quarry at The Narrows. Terra Rosa
Scott Chisholm, Jack Marou, Jordan Lindley and Jamie Williams assess the cultural significance of a 14,000-year old quarry at The Narrows. Terra Rosa

GIDARGIL rangers joined forces with the cultural heritage consultancy group Terra Rosa to assess a 14,000-year old quarry site at The Narrows.

Since last week a team of rangers have been out on the mud flats collecting and capturing information to prove the site is something worth protecting for future generations.

Senior ranger Symeon Marou said after Terra Rosa confirms the importance of the area, Gidargil will attempt to secure funding to manage the site and run tours with full time rangers.

"My dream is to open it up to the public and take people through and explain exactly what everything is," he said.

"But it's also about raising awareness because people just drive onto the beach and don't know what they're doing."

The quarry is just one ancient site between Fisherman's Landing and Rundle Range National Park that was used for forming and shaping an array of tools and weapons.

There's also a giant stone outline of a crocodile that can only be seen from above.

Mr Marou said the site was incredibly unique "with only a handful of sites around the world like the one at The Narrows."

"What we're doing is digging through our history which will allow us to find out who we are," he said.

"Our history needs to be protected otherwise we will be a dead race.

"We're grateful for colonisation but we didn't have a choice in that and this is part of us accepting what's happened," he said.

The director of Terra Rosa Scott Chisholm said the group was working with Gladstone Healthy Harbour to establish a starting position which will allow researchers to monitor and better manage the site.

There's just one problem - last week Mr Marou was driving up to The Narrows in "bulldust country" when the only ute Gidargil have crashed, leaving the team to get around dirt roads in a mini bus.

Gidargil Development Corporation Ltd and the Gladstone based land and sea ranger program are seeking the sponsorship or gifting of a roadworthy new or used 4WD vehicle.

Contact Gidargil on 07 49728646 

Topics:  the narrows



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