Reconciliation Planting with Indigenous Cultural Plants

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•Westmeadows Indigenous Community Garden

Toora Drive

Westmeadows, VIC 3049


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Reconciliation requires more than words and raising awareness. It takes action! Come connect with country at this community planting.

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This is a cultural celebration of the food, fibre and medicine plants used by the First Australians. Connect with Country by getting your hands in the ground.

Jo Russell, one of the Hume Enviro Champions, has designed the Westmeadows Indigenous Community Bushfood and Fibre Garden to tell a rich story. The yarning circle will be a beautiful place where people can spend time together. Be part of the collective effort to help plant it.

This Reconciliation Week event will feature a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony with a Wurundjeri Elder, along with other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entertainers.

Free seedlings will be provided, as part of Council's Gardens for Wildlife program. You can take home some significant cultural plants for your own garden.

Banner Artwork: Karen Lovett

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Gardens for Wildlife

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

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

April 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.

Gardens for Wildlife Victoria

Visit the Gardens for Wildlife Victoria website to discover more about the program broadly.

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Greening 2021

Come along to a weekend community planting with family and friends.

  • Help revegetate our shared open green spaces.
  • The events focus on local biodiversity issues.
  • There will be other fun stuff happening and food.
  • It's free!

Get some indigenous seedlings to grow your own patch of wildlife habitat.

As a Covid-Safe event, bookings for Greening events are required. You will be asked to sign in on the day. Click on the event title to register.

Reconciliation Week - Indigenous Cultural Planting

Sunday 30 May, 10am to 1pm, Westmeadows

Gardens for Wildlife Launch - World Environment Day - Blossoming Bees and Butterflies

Saturday 5 June, 10am to 2pm, Sunbury Fields

Biodiversity in the Burbs

Sunday 28 June, 10am to 1pm, Craigieburn

Bird Buddies - National Tree Day

Sunday 1 August, 10am to 1pm, Sunbury

Woodlands to Wetlands

TBC, Mickleham

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Citizen Science

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.

Citizen science can provide the evidence that programs like Gardens for Wildlife do actually help conserve biodiversity.

Install the app and join the Hume City's Wildlife project on iNaturalist.

Visit the Discover Nature in Hume webpage to find out more about the range of citizen science projects you can get involved with.

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Toora Drive

Westmeadows, VIC 3049


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