Kim Rush, James Clarke, Michael See, Sharman Parsons, (front) Jacob and Gareth Polzin.
Kim Rush, James Clarke, Michael See, Sharman Parsons, (front) Jacob and Gareth Polzin.

Indigenous garden unveiled

A GARDEN, which introduces the indigenous culture and takes you on a journey through how they used to live, was unveiled at Federation Park this week.

The Youth Ambassadors and representatives of the local Githabul Elders were present to introduce the garden to the Rose City so residents can learn more about their culture.

Plaques were placed around the garden by the Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) to explain the contribution that each plant made to the lives of the Githabul elders through food, medicine and tools.

SDRC Youth Worker Bonita Tyler said it was a joint project between the Youth Ambassadors of 2009 and 2010 to teach people about the indigenous plants and what each did.

“We want to try and make sure people are aware it’s here and we are going to help out this year to try get edging for the garden,” Ms Tyler said.

Githabul representative Kim Rish said it was a great way to teach people about the indigenous culture and show they still eat a lot of indigenous foods.

David Parsons, who assisted with the plants for the project, said there was 20 species of plants in the garden and still many more that weren’t listed.

The next project they are working on is artwork which will tell the stories of the Githabul Elders along the garden.


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