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13 November, 2020

Cardwell's Bush Tucker Garden opened

Cassowary Coast Regional Council Mayor Mark Nolan has officially opened Cardwell’s first Bush Tucker Garden.

Councillor Nolan said the Bush Tucker Garden was the brainchild of Council and the Girramay People.

“The Girramay people are the Traditional Owners of the area in and around Cardwell,” Councillor Nolan said.

“The theme for Naidoc Week this year is ‘Always was, Always Will Be’ and the garden is a small representation of how our First Nations people managed the land to sustainably provide-both for eating and for medicinal purposes.

“The garden will include a variety of plants that will provide edible roots, leaves, flowers, seeds or fruits.

“Planting bush tucker helps preserve our unique local fauna and is a way to share traditional culture and stories. Plus spread knowledge of the important place they hold in our history- and our future.

“Council is proud to work alongside the Girramay people on projects that enhance our visitor’s experience when visiting Cardwell, the Cassowary Coast region and Far North Queensland.

“The garden is the outcome of hard work between Council, the Historical Society and the Girramay people and Girringun Corporation.

“The opening event also featured a singing rendition of the Acknowledgement to Country by the Cardwell Early Learning students and the Girramay dancers, who shared their stories today through dance,” Councillor Nolan said.

The Bush Tucker Garden is located at the Cardwell Visitor Information and Heritage Centre and will be open seven days a week.  For more information, please call 4066 2412.

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