Growing sense of community
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.