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Dec 10, 2020

Coalfields airport update reaches for the sky

Coalfields airport update reaches for the sky BMA asset president James Palmer with Barada Barna Aboriginal Corporation chairperson Luarna Walsh and director Kevin Brown.

The BHP Mitsubishi Alliance-operated airport at Moranbah has been renamed Moranbah ‘Bunhdhara’ Airport in recognition of the area’s Traditional Owners.

A new diversity walkway and ‘Wadda Mooli’ signage, which means ‘welcome’ and ‘goodbye’ in Barada Barna language, have been added to the Bowen Basin site.

A number of Indigenous heritage artefacts gathered from BHP and BMA operations over the years are also on show.

BMA asset president James Palmer said the company was very proud to be recognising its relationship with the Barada Barna people through re-naming the airport and with these artworks.

“The airport has been re-named ‘Bunhdhara’ which means sky in Barada Barna language – a perfect fit for an airport,” he said.

“The artwork and artefact displays are a demonstration of respect and recognition, showing how far we have progressed beyond just acknowledging the Traditional Owners and their lands, to being really proud to show off the strong relationship we have and continue to develop with the Barada Barna peoples.

“The artwork was created by local artist Elaine Chambers to reflect what was on people’s minds when they head back to the Moranbah area to work on Barada Barna country again.

“For those of us who travel here, the Moranbah region is our second home when we’re on shift or visiting or working and we are all so interconnected to each other on these lands. ” 

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