Mimbi is the name given by Gooniyandi people to a community 90km east of Fitzroy Crossing.
At the west boundary is the Emanuel Range and the east the Lawford Range. Both of these ranges are composed of Devonian limestone (the Age of Fishes). Caves have formed within the limestone and some hold permanent water pools. The Gooniyandi people are the traditional owners of the Mimbi area for whom it has great significance because it is associated with an important creation story about the marroowa or lunkura (Blue Tongue lizard).
During the 80s a number of families were committed to providing an alternative to the larger communities for their children. Marra Worra Worra helped establish Mimbi as one of few communities that spun off Bayulu for Gooniyandi and Walmajarri language groups; Galeru Gorge, Mimbi, Bidijul, Gilarong, Karnparrmi, Kurku and Pullawulla. Mimbi offers a quiet alterative to hectic town-living.
Mimbi was established for tourism opportunities and to provide more land to run cattle at Mt Pierre station. After a few false starts, slowly Mimbi Cave tours became more frequent and were incorporated in 1994. Initially the tours needed help with capital and advertising.
For the last 7 years Rose Nuggett has invested heavily in the business and recently IBA offered support through a business plan. 4 or 5 years ago Tourism WA also came to help and provided guidance on the website and brochures. The goal of the tours is to establish a strong business for future generations to be proud of culture and to care for country.
Mimbi has been liaising with the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW) about setting up another conservation area and campground but Rose feels that it’s more appropriate to keep the land in Aboriginal hands to be taken care of by Gooniyandi rangers. There are plans to establish an independent campsite and a nursery.
Once a year Mimbi hosts a leadership program for business people in a partnership with Galeru Gorge community.
Check out the tour webpage here: http://www.mimbicaves.com.au
Our communities are alive and full of stories about how they came to be and why that place in country is important for health and culture.