Native and Bush Tucker Garden opens to celebrate 2020 NAIDOC Week

Native and Bush Tucker Garden opens to celebrate 2020 NAIDOC Week

The Queensland Country Women’s Association Branch of Tannum Sands is now the proud home of a beautiful garden.

The new NAIDOC Native and Bush Tucker Garden was officially opened on 19 November 2020 by project partners QCWA Tannum Sands, Boyne Island Men’s Shed, Gladstone NAIDOC and Here for Gladstone—the $5,000 joint community contribution of Rio Tinto Yarwun, QAL and Boyne Smelters Limited (BSL).

This initiative is part of this year’s NAIDOC celebration and forms part of a two-stage project to transform the QCWA Tannum Sands Hall Gardens.

“It has been a fantastic experience, hundreds, if not thousands, of volunteer hours were dedicated to this project by our project partners and also individual community members and local businesses,”

Branch president Natalia Muszkat said.

“We overcame a few challenges together, had plenty of fun and made some wonderful friendships along the way. We are so immensely grateful to those who helped us get this project finished right on time for the end of NAIDOC Week.”

The project was funded by Here for Gladstone and during the opening, BSL general manager Operations Leigh Staines spoke about the wonderful community spirit created by projects such as this in regional communities like Tannum Sands.

“We are delighted to be part of this community and be able to contribute to the Native and Bush Tucker Garden,” Ms Staines said.

The garden displays a range of native species including Creek Lilly Pilly, Burdekin Plum, Gumby Gumby, Lemon Myrtle, Salt Bush, Finger Lime, Macadamia, Grevillea, Banksia, Callistemon, Westringia and Pig Face plants.

QCWA Tannum Sands Branch and the Gladstone NAIDOC group will be organising activities incorporating the garden and sharing the knowledge with the community in 2021.

“We are thrilled to see how beautifully the garden has turned out and we can’t wait to invite the community to experience it with us,” NAIDOC representative Gay Sirriss said.