Bush tucker on menu at school

Wellington Christian School has planted a bush tucker garden and had students from St Mary's Catholic School and members of the Aboriginal community visit on the day to help.

The garden was established under funding for National Partnerships and teacher Cathy Wanganga said that it was important to preserve the history and culture of the Wellington area.

Head teacher Phil Kirkwood said that a school's connections to the Indigenous community were equally as important as connections to the religious community.

Among the visitors on the day were Ruth West, Denise Kelly and elder Vi Lousick who spoke about different plants and how they could be used for food.

She said that wattle, for example, had a gum that you could extract to make a jelly as a type of dessert, and that she looks forward to teaching students how to make it.

She said that just as important as bush tucker was the bush medicine which was usually found in small plants along the river's edge and in creeks.

Unfortunately, a lot of these plants were trampled and eaten by cattle over the years, but there is still a lot of local knowledge and some of the areas are being restored by the CMA.

"It brings joy to every Aboriginal person to see their own medicine and different plants of the land put in."

The plants used for the garden are those naturally found within a 100km radius of Wellington and were purchased by the Bilby nursery in Coonabarabran.

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