Broadwater Parklands links Southport to the Broadwater, the city’s favourite waterway and an aquatic environment of international importance, covering a catchment area of almost 64 square kilometres. The Broadwater and its wetlands are the ancestral home of the Yugambeh or ‘saltwater people’, part of the traditional Yugambeh country. The saltwater people took care of their estuarine environment and depended on its once abundant food sources including kinyingarra (oyster), eugari (shellfish), pingin (turtle), jubei (crab), yungunn (dugong), a variety of jalumm (fish) species, bush foods, water fowl and marsupials. As Southport grew as a resort town, many indigenous families were displaced by European Settlement. In November 1928, the site of the current parklands was first declared an official public space. Today the Broadwater is an international Ramsar site recognised for its biodiversity, a significant home for migratory birds, and a vital feeding, spawning and nursery site for important fish species.
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