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Our Continuing Journey: Community Healing

Local Gamilaroi people are working closely with Moree Plains Shire Council to develop a memorial to acknowledge the Waterloo Creek Massacre.

This is a positive step in our journey towards community healing and reconciliation, and builds on the significance of Sorry Day, Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week.

Moree Plains Shire Council’s Mayor, Cr Katrina Humphries and Director Planning and Community Development Angus Witherby met with the newly-formed Waterloo/Slaughterhouse Memorial Committee to develop a memorial acknowledging the Waterloo Creek Massacre and to assist with community healing, particular for the descendants of those families involved.

“The first step on this journey has been the establishment of a Memorandum of Understanding and project goals between Council and the newly-formed Waterloo/Slaughterhouse Memorial Committee,” said Mr Witherby.

“Over the coming months, there will be a lot of historical research done, along with discussion with Gamilaroi custodians about appropriate memorials and commemorative events.”

“I encourage community members to contribute to this project through accounts of oral history,” said Mr Witherby.

The history of Aboriginal peoples and colonial settlement included a number of massacres. The Waterloo Creek Massacre took place on 26 January 1838 and followed on from a series of events believed to have started around Manilla, before culminating in the massacre three weeks later at Waterloo or Slaughterhouse Creek.