Stage 1 of the Wiradjuri Garden project in Dubbo has opened, with Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders joining representatives from Dubbo Regional Council and local Aboriginal groups for the occasion.
The opening event paid homage to the traditional owners of the land by way of a customary Welcome to Country by local Wiradjuri man Lewis Burns, along with a traditional smoking ceremony and performances by local indigenous dancers.
The NSW Government contributed $900,000 to the project, which had a $1.2 million value. The remainder of the funds were contributed by Dubbo Regional Council.
Mr Saunders said it was great to be a part of the new culturally significant space.
“It’s been positive to collaborate with Dubbo Regional Council on a project that highlights and celebrates the rich Indigenous history of our region,” he said.
“The NSW Government contributed $900,000 to the Wiradjuri Garden via the Stronger Communities Fund, and it’s pleasing that a large number of local groups have been instrumental in turning the vacant land into a culturally significant space.”
Following a competitive tender and procurement process which had a strong focus on indigenous employment, Dubbo Regional Council engaged local contractors Dubbo Landscaping who worked collaboratively with community organisations including LeaderLife and Indidg Connect to deliver the project.