More Kamilaroi Stories on the way

Filmmakers back in Narrabri, Wee Waa and Pilliga recently

Gomeroi dancer and storyteller Clinton Lamb interviewed by Rusty Cage’s Dave Byrne, left, and Christopher Byrne, right, at Narrabri Public School for Kamilaroi Stories.

This time a fortnight ago Dave and Christopher Byrne from Rusty Cage production company were two days into a week-long stay in the Narrabri Shire.
During that time they shot video footage in Narrabri, Wee Waa and Pilliga.
Rusty Cage is a Sydney-based video production company, which focuses primarily on broadcast content, television series, corporate videos and television commercials.
However, perhaps the most unique aspect of the company is the work that it does across regional Australia.
The company works with communities to capture cultural heritage and history.
“We are capturing stories as part of a series that has been going around for a few years called Kamilaroi Stories,” Dave Byrne said.
“It’s basically capturing snapshots of different people and their history and their heritage and their stories of growing up, and life here in this region, as well as things like local Indigenous language.
“The footage we capture ends up at the Visitor [Information] Centre in Narrabri, and to a couple of other places like the library and different schools and the communities that we work with.
“They all get copies of the DVDs to share around and watch themselves
“A big plus of it sitting in the Visitor [Information] Centre is that tourists come in and watch it on the screens and learn about the local area that they are then going to explore themselves - they get a connection with it.”
Narrabri Shire tourism manager Penny Jobling has been one of the driving forces behind bringing Rusty Cage to the shire to capture the stories.
She said that she became inspired to provide the shire with as much highlighted history as possible when she moved to Narrabri, due to the lack of it available at that time.
“We did this many years ago,” Ms Jobling said.
“The first stories captured were Steve Booby, Craig Trindall and Pam Smith.
“I then applied through Multicultural NSW to get a unity grant, then we did another 32 stories.
“Then I applied again and we got another round, and we will do about another 30.
“We’ve been to Narrabri, Wee Waa and Pilliga.
“When I first moved here, we lived on the Kamilaroi Highway and there is nothing.
“I asked ‘where is our Aboriginal history’, so I was inspired to do something to provide the locals with a platform.”