post Mountains of Memory: meeting

February 29th, 2008

Filed under: Bits and Pieces — newseditor @ 10:12 am

Opportunities for local artists and crafts people – a meeting at the Copley Pub on Monday 3rd March, 7:30 pm. See below an extract from the brief provided by the Tourism Development Officer of the Mountains of Memory project:

…the Flinders Ranges Tourism Operators’ Association in conjunction with the South Australian Tourism Commission, the Department for Environment and Heritage, the Southern Flinders Regional Tourism Authority and other key organisations interested in developing the tourism industry in the Flinders Ranges is currently undertaking a Geotourism Strategy project with the working title “Mountains of Memory”.

A key component of this strategy is to develop a retail merchandising plan to identify opportunities for a range of high quality momentos related to the Flinders Ranges’ landforms, vegetation, wildlife, skyscapes and fossils. These products will form part of the regional interpretive and marketing strategies and, as such, are expected to provide tourists with the opportunity to purchase and take home high quality momentos from the region and also to provide a commercial benefit to those who produce and sell them.

It is important that these momentos are produced by local Flinders Ranges artists and craftspeople and made available for sale to the public at a variety of outlets throughout the region. It is envisaged that a selection of items will be identified which broadly represents all of the Flinders Ranges, is made primarily of natural products and could include jewellery, woodwork, sculpture, visual art, textiles, leatherwork and other mediums..

I invite you to make suggestions of specific high quality momentos which you or your colleagues could produce in commercial quantities and would meet the criteria above. This is a great opportunity to support the development of both tourism and local artists and craftspeople throughout the Flinders Ranges. Please feel free to contact me any time if you would like more background information about what we are trying to achieve…


  1. Is this related to the previous article on the ‘Mountains of Rubbish’ in the Copley Commons? Perhaps the rubbish could be re-fashioned into souvenirs for the tourists thereby achieving both objectives at the same time..I personally would rather see tourists ‘give’ something to the area rather than ‘take’..short visit tourism is actually one of the leading contributors to greenhouse gases. I would personally prefer visitors to the area to actually slow down a tad, integrate more with land, become part of the experience instead of rushing full steam ahead to reach the ‘outback’…such visitation would be more beneficial for all parties and the tourists (few of which would even walk to the mountain) can take away a new experience rather than ‘Mountains of Rubbish’ that dont mean a whole lot anyway.

    Comment by Nigel — March 11, 2008 @ 12:32 pm

  2. I agree with you Nigel. This area is more than a tourism adventure playground…it is a community which is not geared to mass production for tourists…some businesses depend solely on the tourist dollar and I feel that these businesses would be the only ones to benefit. Maybe they can open a workshop in their properties and sit all day carving, or knitting or whatever. The push to have aboriginal guides to take these insulated tourists on guided walks to dreamtime sites, where they can have a ‘native experience’ and take home a boomerang made from plantation timber from Indonesia, carved by a Taiwanese crafts person using original native designs painted on by Philipino kids. Haven’t any of these people even looked at the cultural significance of dreamtime stories? Don’t they know that these ‘stories’ are not to be told ‘out of country’? That the designs are for here…not hanging on a wall somewhere in jolly ol’ england? sorry for the perceived negativity, but this makes me burn!!!
    If they want the cultural exchange..send them to Iga Warta. If they want geology, get in the experts, have workshops and tours but not for the selling…for the experience. Many of the landholders who share in the custodianship of this amazing land don’t want the tourists tromping all over their land, leaving rubbish, expecting luxuries, and destroying the fragile environment as they make walking tracks through the rocks and sand and delicate vegetation. They can’t accommodate bus loads on their roads, around their homesteads, into the creekbeds, dislodging rocks in the fossil beds etc…etc….etc scratching their names into aboriginal cave paintings….on and on. They would expect toilet blocks on the top of the ‘cutaway’ next….sheesh!!!!

    Comment by di — March 20, 2008 @ 12:01 am

  3. I believe the next meeting is to be next Monday evening in the old darts room behind the pub. Come and have your say.
    As we. the community have not been consulted on this issue, I find very little that would benefit the people themselves. It may be that it is a venture for businesses only. Who actually knows? No communication has been sent/given to the community about this, even though the committee has been working on it for 2 years, and even in the last month there has been no information available.
    If we had known about this when first begun, certain empolyment opportunities could have been available, we could have been prepared, and the direction of funding may have been very different.

    Comment by di — March 25, 2008 @ 10:21 am

  4. Are we but mushrooms, to grow in the dark
    and be fed……………..
    and live in a community that lives for tourism?

    Tis one unhappy mushroom I be…

    Mis Informed

    Comment by Mis Informed — March 25, 2008 @ 10:54 pm

  5. What about mass producing a lovely coffee table book filled with photos of angelic babies feeding from their Mums…

    OPPS, I do apologize, I have just put my glasses on,
    I mis-read the title of this thread! I thought it said
    Mountains of Mammary
    Mis Taken

    Comment by Mis Taken — April 1, 2008 @ 7:25 pm

  6. I believe this is the last place left on the Mountains of Memory plan that can provide the ultimate aboriginal experience for Lorriane to put in her report to the Federal Government. This would be a feather in her cap and give credence to the funding money used for her salary. Most of the money has gone to administration and not to the communities who originally started this project. Yes, there does need to be a person ‘on the ground’ persay, to convince the towns in the Flinders of the absolute need for mass producing little doo-dads for the tourist industry…notice the word? INDUSTRY, because that is what it is. This community is not ready for this type of industry, we are still trying to work as a community and all our energy resources are going into that project. Until that is achieved, little else will.
    Without an adult town, with adult concepts growing from a self-serving chilhood, it is impossible to expect community anything.
    Yes Mis Taken, many in this place have not weaned off the mammary, still crying in vain for feeding, still screaming when wet, still expecting all cares to be provided by someone else…a mother. They hit and bite and scratch out and throw tantrums when they don’t get their own way. When the game isn’t going their way, they pick up their bat and ball and go home to sulk. What is the best way to respond? With compassion and love and prayer to the god above that they will grow up quickly.

    Comment by di Atribe — April 22, 2008 @ 3:03 pm

  7. Any update on this subject? Have there been any more meetings with the business people concerning the ‘selling’ of Copley and its people, its stories, its history?

    Comment by Mis De Meanor — May 18, 2008 @ 2:02 pm

  8. No update….the silence is deafening. When all activity has been somewhere else, one begins to wonder if this isn’t the real issue here.
    Has another meeting been held without the consultation of the community? Especially the all important Adnyamuthanha people whose stories are being touted as ‘for sale’ to the tourists, without their permission or input, or compensation?
    Why have there been organised tours through the town to look at all the wonderful murals? How much is being charged? Are any of the tourist dollars going to the artists?
    Are the people being given a time frame for these tours, so they can at least get out of their jammies as they sit on their own porches in the morning sun? Are we all meant to wave nicely as the tourists sit and take photos of the open-air art gallery from their vehicles?
    This is a total invasion of privacy, and completely without consultation of the very residents who are being ignored, silenced, even threatened. Are we meant to ‘play dead’ and disappear so the businesses can capitalise on the community they otherwise ignore?

    Comment by di S Gusted — July 18, 2008 @ 11:09 pm

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