BMA asset president James Palmer with Barada Barna Aboriginal Corporation director Kevin Brown and chairperson Luarna Walsh. Picture: Daryl Wright
BMA asset president James Palmer with Barada Barna Aboriginal Corporation director Kevin Brown and chairperson Luarna Walsh. Picture: Daryl Wright

FIRST LOOK: Moranbah Airport’s new name and makeover

The team at Moranbah Airport is on a high after unveiling its new look and name.

The airport has been renamed the Moranbah ‘Bunhdhara’ Airport in recognition of the Traditional Owners, the Barada Barna Peoples.

Bunhdhara means sky in Barada Barna language – making it the perfect fit.

The airport boasts a new diversity walkway and signage, along with a number of Indigenous heritage artefacts that have been gathered from BHP and BMA operations over the years.

New artwork has been installed at the airport and is titled Heading Home.

It was created by Barada Barna artist Elaine Chambers to reflect what was on people’s minds when they head back to the Moranbah area for work, or simply to connect with the country again.

BMA asset president James Palmer with Barada Barna Aboriginal Corporation director Kevin Brown and chairperson Luarna Walsh. Picture: Daryl Wright
BMA asset president James Palmer with Barada Barna Aboriginal Corporation director Kevin Brown and chairperson Luarna Walsh. Picture: Daryl Wright

The project started about 18 months ago when the airport team decided it wanted to better demonstrate respect and the pride of the relationship with the Barada Barna peoples.

BMA worked with the Barada Barna Aboriginal Corporation directors and Ms Chambers to develop the artwork and signage.

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Kulgoodah Dancers performing at the airport opening ceremony: Kruga Adams, Joel Cameron, Chris Cameron, Terrence Adams, Joseph Sue and Fred Henry. Picture: Daryl Wright
Kulgoodah Dancers performing at the airport opening ceremony: Kruga Adams, Joel Cameron, Chris Cameron, Terrence Adams, Joseph Sue and Fred Henry. Picture: Daryl Wright

BMA asset president James Palmer said the Moranbah region was like a second home for those on shift, visiting or working.

“The artwork and artefact displays are a demonstration of respect and recognition, showing how far we have progressed beyond just acknowledging the Traditional Owners and their lands, to being really proud to show off the strong relationship we have and continue to develop with the Barada Barna peoples,” Mr Palmer said.

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