Canberra Tracks heritage sign unveiled at Throsby Park

2020-12-11

Canberrans will have a better opportunity to learn about our unique history in the region with a new Canberra Tracks sign unveiled today at Throsby Park.

Canberra Tracks is a network of heritage signage that incorporates eight self-drive routes leading to many of Canberra's historic sites.

Minister for Heritage Rebecca Vassarotti said Canberra Tracks continues to grow and remains a connection between the community and our longstanding relationship to the region’s landscape.

“The new sign marks Charles Throsby’s success in finding the Murrumbidgee River after Aboriginal people shared with him their knowledge of its existence,” Minister Vassarotti said.

“I acknowledge that this event and the subsequent settlement is intertwined with dispossession, disease and great sadness. Therefore, today we commemorate this event as we continue to work together towards reconciliation.

“Waterways like the Murrumbidgee River were integral to the city’s growth and prosperity because without flowing water Canberra could never have grown into the capital city it is today.

“During the last two weeks, I have unveiled two other heritage signs about the Forrest Fire Station and eucalyptus distilling at Tidbinbilla.

“I encourage everyone this summer to pick up the Canberra Tracks brochure and take yourself on one of the eight self-drive routes through the rich tapestry of Canberra’s early beginnings.”