An unused and overgrown patch of land in Burroway Street will be transformed into a community garden, thanks to a partnership between Narromine Shire Council and the Ngarru Mayin Elders Aboriginal Corporation.
Council will lease part of the area behind the Narromine Museum to the Elders for a peppercorn rental so that they can establish a community garden.
Narromine Shire Mayor, Councillor Bill McAnally said community gardens were a great way for people to socialise and to develop a sense of community.
“Council recognises that with the involvement of Councillor Ruth Carney and the Ngarru Mayin Elders Aboriginal Corporation, this garden will not only clean up a neglected area, but will have significant community and educational benefits,” Clr McAnally said.
“It has the added benefit of educating people in traditional bush tucker and the types of native plants that can be grown alongside common vegetables”.
“Council can see that this is both a worthwhile use of the land and a great way for the young and old to integrate and for the Elders to pass on lessons about traditional Aboriginal foods and culture. Several schools and community groups have already pledged their support”.
“There is no question that the Ngarru Mayin Elders Aboriginal Corporation has transformed the old Historical Museum and brought it back to life, so we are excited about what they might be able to achieve with the garden.”
The Narromine Men’s Shed has indicated its support for the project, after cleaning up the old blacksmith’s shop at the back of the museum and cataloguing all of the items.
Council will lease the area to the Elders for $1 for the first year and they will use drip irrigation for watering.
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