Sunday, 10 February 2013

Bush Tucker Launch

On Wednesday the 23rd of January we had a wonderful day as the launch of the Bush Tucker Garden was officially opened. So many people from the community came to celebrate with us and we are very thankful for all who came.

Terry, Cliff, Lindy and Anthony
There was music, colour and so much that contributed to the atmosphere.

Anthony AKA Spud doing welcome to country

The Elders who came and enjoyed the day

It was also wonderful through modern technology to have Angela as a part of the day

We also had a visit from out little friends from around the corner

The animals from Symbio was also a big hit with kids and adults.

For me, it was a great day that made me feel proud to be a part of the garden and my hope is that the garden will became an outdoor classroom for all. Here are some words from other garden members about the day.

It was really fantastic and the people who I talked to really enjoyed it and were really pleased to see good use of this open space.- Martie

Symbio was good and so was the  sport and rec girls. I was surprised so many people turned up. -  Cliff Lovelace.

I was so pleased to see the smiles on the faces of the elders; the best justification for the idea of the project. I hope they will become involved in the future - Cliff Ball

The bush tucker launch was a very emotional experience for me. It highlighted the potential for the bush tucker garden space to be a place of gathering and reconciliation. So much positive energy flowed throughout the day that it surely must be the beginning of a new and fruitful journey for the local community - Angela Dever

As a volunteer community gardener and supervisor of Access Community Group Work and Development Orders program I am very proud to be a part of this wonderful journey at Barrack Heights Community Garden. 
It allows me to explore and learn everyday with and from other gardeners and community members within the "Fair Share" ethos of permaculture. 
It is pleasing to obtain the valuable assistance of volunteers and also assist them to reduce State Debt Recovery Office debt and witness them being able to open new doors in their lives - Darren Bell

The garden was built around friendship, enthusiasm as well as sharing knowledge. A massive team effort by everyone involved.
 Terry Rankmore

Ilawarra Mercury


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