Indigenous Food, Fibre and Medicine Plants

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Planting local indigenous plants to create wildlife habitat is an act of reconciliation as it also conserves aboriginal cultural heritage.

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The Australian bush has provided the first nations people with all the food, fibre and medicine needed for them to thrive in this unique country.

This webinar shares with you some of the plants used by indigenous Australians and hopefully it inspires you to grow some of these culturally significant plants in your garden. We can respect, acknowledge and nourish our own special connection to country.

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Deepen your connection with nature!

The Gardens for Wildlife program is being launched in Hume City Council in 2021.

Here's just a few opportunities to get seriously, madly, deeply involved with nature. And meet some other really nice, friendly people too.

Wildlife Gardening Webinars

February through March 2021

Each Thursday from 7pm to 8.30pm, for eight weeks, Richard Rowe from Sustainable Gardening Australia will help you consider how your garden could attract and support native wildlife. Richard polls the online audience and tailors his presentations to suit people's interests, and will endeavour to answer all of your questions.

From the comfort of your own home, feel free to register for all eight, or as many of these informative webinars as you like. Click on the webinar title to open the respective Eventbrite registration page, or copy the full link.

4 Feb - Sharing your Garden with Wildlife

11 Feb - Healthy Soils

18 Feb - Attracting Small Birds

25 Feb - Attracting Native Bees and Butterflies

4 Mar - Attracting Frogs

11 Mar - Growing Veggies in a Wildlife Garden

18 Mar - Weeds a Dance with Nature

25 Mar - Indigenous Food, Fibre and Medicine Plants

Unique Zoom meeting details for each webinar will be provided to registered participants.

These webinars will be recorded and made available for viewing to registered participants, for a short period of time afterwards. Detailed presentation notes are also provided.

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About Gardens for Wildlife

Visit Hume City's Gardens for Wildlife webpage for more information on how you can participate and to express your interest.

The 2021 calendar of Gardens for Wildlife events is being continually updated as details are confirmed, or in response to Covid-19 measures.

Organise a Garden Visit

June 2021- available after program launch

Within Hume City, you can arrange for a pair of Garden Guides to come visit your garden, at your home, school or business. They'll stay for an hour to have a friendly chat about your garden and what wildlife you might like to see. How you can best help your local wildlife.

After the visit, you will receive a report with more information and resources relevant for your garden and neighbourhood. You choose what best suits your place.

It's free; there is no charge for participants. A limited number of garden visits are offered and are by appointment only.

Become a Garden Guide

March 2021 - Volunteer induction and training commence

The more volunteer Garden Guides there are, the greater the number of habitat gardens that will be created across the landscape. You'll engage with other diverse community members, who are also keen to play their part in saving Australia's plants and animals.

  • Organise and conduct garden visits with a partner Garden Guide.
  • Do some online research about the area to prepare for the garden visit.
  • Take some notes and photos during the garden visit, or do most of the chatting.
  • Help prepare and send your garden visit report to the participant.
  • Promote the Gardens for Wildlife program.

There are formal volunteer application, induction and training processes.


May to August 2021

Bring your friends and family along to a weekend community planting. Help revegetate our shared open green spaces. The five planting events all focus on local biodiversity issues. There will be other fun stuff happening and food. Also get some free indigenous seedlings as a thank you, so you can grow your own patch of wildlife habitat.

Citizen Science

Various dates/ongoing projects

For a host of reasons, we need to know what plants, animals and fungi live in the area. Citizen science projects rely on everyday people submitting observations. Take some clear photos or sound recordings and simply submit using your mobile phone. It can provide the evidence that programs like Gardens for Wildlife actually work to conserve biodiversity.

Join Hume City's Wildlife project on iNaturalist.

Gardens for Wildlife Victoria

Visit the Gardens for Wildlife Victoria website to discover more about the program broadly. Across Melbourne and regional Victoria, the popularity of these community-local government partnerships continues to grow. People witness more wildlife relying on their habitat garden, and have to then encourage others to also get involved.

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Still More Opportunities!

If you're still reading, might as well keeping give you all the links to some exciting ways to form that truly solid commitment to nature. Click on the headings.

Great Green Guided Tour

Sunday 14 February 2021

Join past Enviro Champions, the 2021 program facilitator and Hume staff to visit various community-led sustainability projects across Hume City.

Hume Enviro Champions

Registrations are open - program commencing in February 2021

EnviroChamps provides ten weeks of free training with the aim of building capacity within the community to develop, implement and evaluate environmental community projects.

Nature Stewards

Saturday 17 April to 26 June 2021

Become a Nature Steward and learn about your local environment, meet like-minded people, and find ways to get outdoors and volunteer. This ten-week program will introduce you to your local and wider Victorian ecosystems and natural places.

Environmental Scholarships


Environmental scholarships support those who live, work or volunteer in Hume City to create positive environmental change, by providing financial assistance towards environmental education.

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