Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the restoration project was being undertaken by the Be Centre charity, Glebe TreeHouse community centre, Glebe Public School and Centipede Before and After School Care with the assistance of local Elders.
“The Eora people are the first inhabitants of our area, so it’s important that the next generation of Australians learn about their enduring culture,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Community groups have come together to make a special place for local children to learn about Aboriginal culture, art, food and medicine – it’s a terrific project.”
“Over the past 12 years, the community have gathered in the garden at times of significant celebration and mourning, often lighting a ceremonial fire.”
“With the City’s help, the garden will be expanded to include more native plants.”
The City’s $4,745 funding will also help to introduce a Be Centre play-therapy bus to provide support for any local children who need extra help, are experiencing difficulties, or just need a place to express themselves.
Be Centre Executive Director, Marisa Chilcott, said they would consult with the community and Elders to ensure everyone has some involvement in the restored garden and play-therapy van.
This consultation will include workshops with artist Aunty Kathryn Dodd-Farrawell to develop two new garden artworks and a logo for the play-therapy bus.
“We also plan to install a new section in the garden with traditional plants of medicinal and food value,” Ms Chilcott said.
“It’s important for children for all backgrounds and nationalities to understand the traditional practices and customs of the area and the country.”
Be Centre and Glebe TreeHouse will also contribute financially to the project and the ongoing support and development of the project will be maintained by TreeHouse and the Glebe Public School volunteer gardening community.
Images (top to bottom): Ngara Nanga Mai garden at Glebe Public School Kathryn Dodd Farrawell and Wendy Buchanan with students; Ngara Nanga Mai garden at Glebe Public School Kathryn Dodd Farrawell and Wendy Buchanan with students.