Ceremonial Trees Return to Country

18 May, 2017

Trangie’s Beautiful Wungunja Cultural Centre

Trangie Local Aboriginal Land Council knows the value of hard work and commitment.

The LALC, led by CEO Terrie Milgate and Chair Dianne Smith worked for six years to set up a cultural centre it hopes will bring tourism to the small town and surrounding region.

Wungunja Cultural Centre. All images: Michelle Aleksandrovics Lovegrove, OurMob.

The Wungunja Cultural Centre was funded in part by NSWALC’s annual Community Fund, and is host to dozens of significant artefacts, cultural meeting and dancing areas, and learning spaces for local schools and community organisations.

Dancers from Trangie Central School.

The stars of the Centre are two magnificent carved Ceremonial green box trees, which were taken from a local property in the 1960’s and returned by the Australian Museum in 2017.

Trangie LALC CEO Terrie Milgate with the Ceremonial trees.
Trangie LALC Chair Dianne Smith was a driving force behind the project.

Terrie Milgate says the LALC Board’s goal is for the Centre to ultimately become a focal point for local and regional cultural activities and tourism.

See OurMob’s video package of this very special place at Trangie.


We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of the lands where we work as well as across the lands we travel through. We also acknowledge our Elders past, present and emerging.

Artwork Credit: Craig Cromelin, from a painting he did titled, "4 favourite fishing holes". It is a snippet of his growing years on the Lachlan River, featuring yabby, turtle, fish and family.