NAIDOC Week community walk

Published on 21 June 2022

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National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday), to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

To commemorate NAIDOC Week, Living & Learning Nillumbik are hosting a community walk at Bunjil Reserve, Panton Hill. The Wurundjeri Tribe have been continuing their connection to Country in Bunjil Reserve through cultural practices such as burning, Murnong cultivation, dance and ceremony, tool crafts and shelter building. You may see evidence of this as you journey through the reserve.

Joining us on the walk is Uncle Dave Wandin who helped set-up the Food fibre medicine garden at Bunjil Reserve. Uncle Dave will do Welcome to Country, Smoking Ceremony and talk about indigenous plant use for food, fibre & medicine. 

Bunjil Reserve contains a great diversity of plant species from the majestic white Candlebark in the gullies to delicate orchids and wild flowers on the slopes. A number of rare and threatened flora and fauna species have been found in this reserve including the Brush-tailed Phascogale, Powerful Owl, Southern Toadlet and Wine-lipped Spider-orchid. Programs have been implemented for the conservation of these species.

When: Monday 4 July, 2.30pm - the walk will commence at 2.40pm sharp

Where: Panton Hill Neighbourhood House - 18 Bishops Road, Panton Hill. Parking in the local area is limited, we recommend carpooling if possible.

Cost:  Free

After the walk you are invited to return to Panton Hill Neighbourhood House for light refreshments.

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Please note: the walking track is off-road (Grade 3). It is suitable for most ages with moderate fitness levels. Trail width varies and may include occasional sections of steps. Users may encounter natural hazards such as steep slopes, rough surfaces and minor water crossings.

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