We wish to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters of the Shire, and the people of the Wiradjuri Nation. The Wiradjuri people are the first inhabitants of this area and have been living here for thousands of years. The Wiradjuri are the largest Aboriginal group in central New South Wales, by area and population. The people of the Wiradjuri country are known as “people of three rivers” being the Macquarie river (Wambool), Lachlan River (Kalari) and the Murrumbidgee River (Murrumbidjeri) which border their lands.
Wiradjuri people from this area have a deep connection with the Murrumbidgee River and its surrounds. The river, creeks and waterholes sustain every need – food tools, clothing, and shelter as well as nourishing the essential social and spiritual needs of the people. The Narrungdera people were the clan that inhabited the land on which the town now rests and according to our local elders, means ‘place of many lizards’ (Eastern Bearded Dragon). The people of the Narrungdera were wiped out in a single massacre in 1841 by squatters. There was just one survivor.
We are very proud of this country and encourage you to enjoy its beauty and heritage in a way that is respectful and considerate of its sustainability. Please take a moment to visit these cultural places: