Grow­ing sense of com­mu­nity

Pinjarra Murray Times - - #SNAPPERTH -

CON­TEM­PO­RARY Arts Spa­ces Mandurah (CASM) and the City of Mandurah are de­vel­op­ing a cul­tural eco gar­den as an in­clu­sive and ac­ces­si­ble in­ter­ac­tive hub for the com­mu­nity. Vol­un­teers dug in the first plants last week. The gar­den will be planted with en­demic na­tive species that are sig­nif­i­cant to the lo­cal Noon­gar cul­ture and have con­tem­po­rary uses for artists and the com­mu­nity for such ac­tiv­i­ties as tie-dye­ing, bas­ketry, tex­tiles and bush foods.

CASM artist-in-res­i­dence and gar­den project man­ager He­len Cole­man said she had been talk­ing with Barb Pick­ett and the Kool­bardies Talk­ing Group about plant se­lec­tion and the tra­di­tional uses of na­tive plants.

She said Coodanup Se­nior Col­lege was also in­ter­ested in run­ning a sim­i­lar project.

Mrs Cole­man hopes to at­tract more fund­ing to run bush food cour­ses and Abo­rig­i­nal yarn­ing meet­ings. She also hopes to ob­tain wooden rail­ings from the old Mandurah bridge to train plants over.

Dual lan­guage sig­nage will help ed­u­cate and in­spire vis­i­tors about tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary names and uses of lo­cal plants.

The gar­den will in­clude a work­shop space for fu­ture cul­tural and cre­ative events.

He­len Cole­man (far right) and vol­un­teers get to grips with the new gar­den.

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