Mununjali culture recognised at Beaudesert and Jimboomba Australia Day lunch

ABOUT 100 community volunteers attended the first Australia Day Volunteers lunch hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Beaudesert and Jimboomba on Wednesday.

The day began with a bike ride through the Scenic Rim for more than 160 cyclists who were afforded a welcome to country and smoking ceremony from Mununjali elders who turned up at daybreak and in the rain to give their blessing.

Joining the elders for lunch were volunteers from the Cancer Council Beaudesert, Australian Sewing Guld - local branch Scenic Sewers, Lions, Quota Jimboomba, Defenders for Hope, Rotary, Rotaract, Scenic Rim Astronomy Society and many others.

Lesley Turton from Beaudesert Rotary said the highlight of the event was the premiere of a short film of sites with significance to the Mununjali people.

Ms Turton said the two Rotary Clubs commissioned the film produced by Kenji Lee of One song Foundation and funded by a National Australia Day Council grant

"The film was narrated by Mununjali Elders and emerging Elders telling their own stories and providing an educational resource," she said.

"The film was an outstanding success with many congratulating and thanking the Elders present.

"A Rotary goal is to 'build good will and better friendships'.

"The relationship formed between the Rotary Clubs of Beaudesert and Jimboomba and the Mununjali people is something to build on mutually and respectfully and we look forward to future partnerships."

Ms Turton said guests shared a delicious three-course international menu, enhanced with bush tucker elements sourced in the Scenic Rim - including lemon myrtle, native oregano, old man saltbush, macadamias and bush tomatoes, Scenic Rim beef and Christmas Creek pork.

The kitchen was headed up by Caz Osborne, principal of Scenic Rim Cooking School based in the Boonah region who led the team of volunteers.

"People interested in learning about Rotary are welcome to email," she said.

Federal MP Scott Buchholz said the Mununjali story was part of everyone's story.

"Australia is a strong and successful nation because we are united by shared values, of respect for the freedom and dignity of the individual, equality of opportunity for all people, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, race, or national or ethnic origin.

"As Australians, we have a commitment to the rule of law, including parliamentary democracy whereby our laws are determined by parliaments elected by the people.

"We have a commitment to and uphold the 'fair go' for all, embracing mutual respect, tolerance, and compassion for those in need.

"The Mununjali story is part of the Australian story - the story of an extraordinary nation. The Story begins 60,000 years ago and new chapters of our story are written every day.

"On Australia Day, we reflect on our history, its highs and its lows.

"We respect the stories of others and that is what we are doing through the launch of the 'Mununjali Story'."