Kiripirna Park opens
Kiripirna Park in Newman has been redeveloped and was officially opened last week.
Sacred rocks that were previously removed from a site of cultural significance to the Nyiyaparli people have now been replaced and are now the focal point of the redeveloped Kiripirna Park.
Although two replacement rocks were used instead of the originals, the site has significant cultural connections to the Nyiyaparli people who allowed the rocks to be placed permanently in the park grounds as part of the redevelopment.
Councillor Anita Grace thanked the Nyiyaparli people for their culture and history and for their collaboration and assistance in the redevelopment of the area,
“We are extremely grateful to the Nyiyaparli people who have allowed two rocks to be used as the focal point of Kiripirna Park and thus sharing their Dreamtime stories with all who come here,” she added.
The redevelopment of this park is also of significance to the Shire’s vision for the town of Newman itself as it represents another step closer to the completion of the Newman Revitalisation Plan.
This included construction of a new entrance into the town centre, designed to totally transform the traffic flow and create a more accessible central hub for Newman.
Future plans include the development of cafes and restaurants with alfresco dining as well as additional retail opportunities and residential developments.
Cr Grace also acknowledged the Shire’s funding partners BHP Billiton for their assistance in the redevelopment of Kiripirna Park
“We are fortunate to have such a fortuitous working relationship with BHP Billiton and it is with their generous support that projects such as these continue to transpire,” she said.