A BIT ABOUT 'YARRABIN'
The word ‘Yarrabin’ is said to be Aboriginal in origin: meaning 'white gum tree'. (McCarthy; 1963)
Yarrabin is also a locality near the junction of the Cudgegong and Meroo Rivers, some 35 Kilometres west of the town of Mudgee in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales in Australia.
‘Yarrabin Cultural Connections’ is named after this place because of the strong cultural connection that my family has to surrounding Country there.
Yarrabin Cultural Connections is about sharing knowledge and stories and would like to share knowledge with you and hear your story at one of our ‘Connecting to Country’ cultural tours, education camps or workshops.
Den Barber runs Yarrabin Cultural Connections (YCC). Den is an Aboriginal man, descendant of the Traditional Custodians from Mudgee of the Wiradjuri people in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia.
Den has more than fifteen years of experience in cultural heritage and environmental management as well as a range of Aboriginal Community Cultural Development Projects within New South Wales Government over the past 17 years. He served as a Ranger and Aboriginal Co-Management Officer for the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area within NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) from 2002 before beginning with Greater Sydney Local Land Services as a Senior Land Services Officer, Aboriginal Communities in 2015. Den holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (Parks Recreation and Heritage) from Charles Sturt University.
Den is passionate about the 'bush' and actively practices his culture. He has become a Cultural Burning Practitioner as the Founding Director of Koori Country Firesticks Aboriginal Corporation. Den has drawn on his experience as both a Professional Firefighter for NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service and Cultural Burning knowledge passed on to him from Elders in Cape York in Queensland and Far Western New South Wales.
Den has been ‘going bush’ for the past 10 years learning from his Cultural Teachers and Senior Elders. Yarrabin Cultural Connections are now ready to share knowledge along with stories, song, dance and artworks.