Young Aboriginal Australians will be able to connect with their cultural roots after the Morrison Government approved funding for the construction of the Wadjak Northside Aboriginal Community Bush Tucker Garden.
Federal Member for Stirling Vince Connelly today visited Wadjak Northside Aboriginal Community Group in Balga to confirm the funding, which delivers on a 2019 election commitment to contribute $20,000 to the project.
The project will see the construction of an edible garden filled with native plants, often used in traditional food and medicine, as well as a yarning circle with a fire pit. It will also include the installation of an irrigation system and a shade cloth over the existing children’s play area.
Mr Connelly said Wadjak Northside Aboriginal Community Group plays an important role in the local community.
“Wadjak Northside Aboriginal Community Group helps local Aboriginal residents develop a healthy, prosperous future by providing vital education services and support programs.
“This funding will ensure members of the community can learn about traditional sustainability practices while reflecting on Australia’s unique Aboriginal culture.
“I’m thrilled to be able to fulfil my promise to fund this project which will create a cultural space to better serve the Aboriginal community.”
Program Coordinator Benita Garlett said the funding approval will allow works to commence as soon as possible.
“We're thrilled to get the green light from the federal government for our community bush tucker garden.
“The area has been designed to connect young Aboriginal Australians with their culture and will complement the Wadjak Northside Community Resource Centre.”
The Group also runs the Wadjak Northside Community Resource Centre which provides a place of belonging for local Aboriginal community members.