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8th of November 2022
Inyarrimanha Ilgari Bundara -- sharing the sky and stars
About 150 people gathered at the Murchison Settlement on Saturday to celebrate the signing of the Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with the Wajarri people and the Commonwealth government. During the event, the Wajarri Yamaji announced the gift of a traditional name for the expanded observatory site. The Wajarri name, which means sharing the sky and stars, is part of a new dual, official name for the site: Inyarrimanha Ilgari Bundara, the CSIRO Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory. Dwayne Mallard, who was one of the negotiators for the Wajarri people, said it had been a challenge bringing the community together through such a significant project. "At the centre of it is how do we uphold the responsibilities and obligations that we are born into, which is to preserve and protect and maintain the dignity of our culture, people and land," he said. The image above shows Dr Douglas Bock, Director, Space and Astronomy, speaking at the event. (Credit: CSIRO)

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