Garden to connect community & culture in Narromine

The entire Narromine community will have a quiet place to connect to and learn about the region’s Indigenous history, with Narromine Local Aboriginal Land Council today receiving $50,000 for the creation of a Cultural Garden.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders today announced the funding from the NSW Government’s inaugural Community and Place Grants Program, which is supporting solutions-focused projects to engage and benefit Aboriginal communities.

“This project will transform the former market garden into a culturally significant space, a place for our First Nations people, school groups, tourists, and the whole community to visit and reflect,” Mr Saunders said.

“The garden will include traditional bush tucker and medicinal plants, with signage recognising the history of the people who have lived on this Country for millennia.

“I commend the Narromine LALC on its vision for this space and I can’t wait to see the end result!”

The project will also include landscaping and shelter so the space can be used all year round, and the creation of a front showroom to house artefacts and artwork.

Narromine LALC CEO Sherry Bayliss said she was “elated” to receive the news.

“It’s awesome for the community,” Ms Bayliss said.

“We’re going to have this resource to give visitors and newcomers to town an insight into the Narromine community, and a way to build that connection.

“To have this culture garden and just to go out there, connect to your culture and your Country and relax.”

For more information on the Community and Place grant program, visit the Aboriginal Affairs NSW website.

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