Belinda Close

Quandamooka is the Aboriginal name for Moreton Bay and it’s people. Minjerribah is the traditional name for North Stradbroke Island.

The Quandamooka People are drawn from Minjjerribah and Islands of Quandamooka.

In late 2011, native title on Stradbroke was finalised after a 16-year battle and the island was handed back to the Quandamooka People as the traditional owners. When the judge formalised the native title determination, he acknowledged the Quandamooka People’s continuous occupation of their Country to include the surrounding waters over tens of thousands of years, and Federal Court judge Justice John Dowsett said this: “I am not giving you anything that you did not already possess”.

Belinda Close is a Salt Water Murris Quandamooka artist. She was inspired to create this artwork, about Brown Lake, for the 2012 LINES in the SAND Arts Festival, which has the theme, Hydro Ecology. She says her painting contains a strong message to people who visit Brown Lake and bring their dogs, rubbish, soap, footprints through the bush etc. to show some respect for this beautiful ancient sacred Women's Lake."

Lines in the Sand practices are in keeping with the Aboriginal principles of caring for Country.

QYAC is the Native Title and Cultural Heritage Body for the Quandamooka traditional land and waters including Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) . Also we would like to thank organisation Patron Uncle Bob Anderson, Ngugi elder.