Molonglo Catchment Group in partnership with Friends of Grasslands and Buru Ngunawal Aboriginal Corporation are hosting a planting event at Bullan Mura (Women’s Pathway) reserve - the site of an important Aboriginal women’s area in the heart of Canberra.
Women volunteers will be planting traditional food plants in the Aboriginal women’s area which has been cleared of weeds over the past few years. We will have grasses and low shrubs to plant under the powerlines, to minimise future disturbance to the area.
Ngunawal Traditional Custodians Karen Denny and Wally Bell will provide information about the significance of this area.
Wear comfortable work clothes and bring a small pick or brickies hammer and watering can to help with the planting if you can. Some equipment will be available on the day.
Morning tea will be provided. Please advise of any allergies etc.
An ecologically important conservation site, Bullan Mura is home to various threatened species and communities including Button wrinklewort. Various other endemic native species are regenerating in the ‘No mow’ areas within Bullan Mura.
This activity is part of the project 'Caring for Ngunawal Pathways – Integrating Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal NRM in Canberra’s northern reserves' funded through a 2016-17 ACT Environment Grant. For more information about the project visit http://molonglocatchment.org.au/NgunawalPathways
MCG is working closely with local Aboriginal people to raise awareness of local culture by helping them share their knowledge with the wider community.
Aboriginal knowledge holders and their communities have a responsibility to look after Aboriginal knowledge, apply it respectfully and ensure it is shared in accordance with cultural law. Often this requires that the knowledge is only disclosed to specific individuals within a community but is otherwise secret knowledge that is not intended to be in the public domain. This has now also been reflected in a number of international legal instruments.
'Bullan Mura' (Women's Pathway) reserve, next door to 200 Alexandrina Drive, Yarralumla (adjoining Stirling Park and opposite Lotus Bay)