The Forbes Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre Indigenous Corporation will benefit from a $5,000 grant through the Local Land Services Resilient Communities Small Grants program, NSW Upper House MP, Sam Farraway announced last week while in Forbes.
Mr Farraway said the grant would be used for a native bush garden in Forbes in the state’s central west. “This project will integrate cultural knowledge and awareness with capacity building within the local community in line with the Caring for Country priority,” he said.
“The Forbes Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre Indigenous Corporation is already an integral part of the local fabric, but it will expand that by continuing to use native plants and share awareness about native plant species within the area. This will include passing on information about local native plant communities,” Mr Farraway said.
“The corporation will use the $5,000 grant to landscape the native bush food garden, install an irrigation system and interpretive signs throughout the garden to provide information on the plants and their importance in Aboriginal culture, and revegetate the surrounding area with local species”.
There will also be an opportunity for the local Aboriginal community to upskill and improve their opportunities for future employment in the field of natural resource management, landscaping and horticulture, he added. “This is a fantastic organisation and I can’t wait to see the local indigenous and broader community reap its benefits.”
Central West Local Land Services is planning to run the Resilient Communities Small Grants program again this year.