Reconciliation grows with bush tucker garden

Wurundjeri elders Aunty Wilma and Annette toured the Victoria University Community Garden in Seddon this week to view the area where a bush tucker plot is being developed.

The tour was organised as a lead-in event to Reconciliation Week, which starts on Wednesday.

"We see this as real reconciliation project, not just talking about it but doing it together," Annette said.

The garden, on a small block of land behind the Nicholson Street Campus, has been planted and nurtured by students and staff from the School of General Education Programs and Services.

Program manager Jenny Lees accepted a Wurundjeri plaque from the elders. She said the indigenous plot was still under discussion but would showcase foods, flowers and bush medicines significant to the local Indigenous people.

"In our culture, plants and bush gardens are our university, our chemist and our supermarket," Annette said.

The elders went on to tour the Living Museum of the West.

The University is hosting a large community celebration for Reconciliation Week at the Iramoo centre at the St Albans Campus on Saturday, 30 May. The Reconciliation Rocks event from 11am-4pm will feature Indigenous music and dance, a smoking ceremony, children's activities and tours of the native gardens.

Wurundjeri elders Aunty Wilma, left, and Annette

Wurundjeri elders Aunty Wilma, left, and Annette

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