Local Kabi Kabi Traditional Owner Kerry Jones and family recently undertook an interpretive research project for the place name meaning of Yaroomba, derived from local Aboriginal words.
Kerry's family have been living in the area since prior to colonisation, while the Kabi Kabi people have been settled as a society on the Sunshine Coast for at least the last 10,000 years.
It seems that Yaroomba is taken from the Jinibara word/s 'yur'ru' or 'yu'roo' referring to the vine or 'thick vine scrub' resource area, which back in the day, provided everyday useful things in traditional life for when you are settled in the area.
Yaroomba may refer to a group of traditional utilities, and could well include the thick vine ropes used for climbing to access canopy food resources, or to the nearby freshwater springs (drinking water), and plant materials, needed for the construction of huts and spears for fishing.
For more on how Yaroomba got its place name, please go to the detailed historical report available soon on the Coolum & North Shore Coast Care website.
Local Kabi Kabi Traditional Owners are advocating for a formal Cultural Heritage Management Plan under the Queensland Government's Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003, for the areas of Yaroomba Beach and Mount Coolum National Park.
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