Friday, July 26, 2024

Cranebrook bush food trail served up

NSW

Works along the Great West Walk at Cranebrook are now complete, with Penrith City Council’s collaboration with Nepean Community & Neighbourhood Services and local Aboriginal organisation Muru-Mittigar concluding with an educational bush food trail. 

The Council says the creation of the bush food trail enhances existing planting along the section of the walk adjacent to Ariel Crescent in Cranebrook, while offering a glimpse into the foods traditionally sourced from the land by Aboriginal peoples, along with educational signage. 

Mayor, Todd Carney said that it was important that Council work closely with local Indigenous organisations to create an educational experience for the bush food trail. 

“We wanted the bush food trail to provide insight into the knowledge of Aboriginal peoples — specifically the Dhurag Language Group — and how they’ve thrived in Cranebrook for over 50,000 years,” Mayor Carney said. 

“The signage provides information about the plants and their significance and use to Aboriginal communities in our region.” 

The Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure Executive Director Resilience and Urban Sustainability, Steve Hartley said the Great West Walk project has seen 140 trees planted along the bush food trail, providing more shaded areas and adding to the City’s growing tree canopy.  

“Tree planting projects like this actively help reduce local temperatures and provide much needed shade for surrounding residents,” Mr Hartley said. 

The trees planted were grown by Council’s Nursery, with other plants installed along the trail were grown in Muru-Mittigar’s nursery. 

Plants include the Bunya Pine (Aracucaria bidwilli) which was used at gatherings that held cultural significance to local communities, Kangaroo Grass (Themeda triandra) that were harvested and ground into a nutritious flour, Spiny-head Mat-rush (Lomandra longifolia) were turned into various items such as baskets, bags and mats, and Sandpaper Fig (Ficus coronata) that was used as natural sandpaper to smooth and shape wooden tools and utensils. 

The project aims to plant more than 28,000 trees across Western Sydney. 

The bush food trail is part of the Great West Walk, which stretches from Parramatta to the Blue Mountains. Find out more about the walking trail at greatwestwalk.com.au   

The Greening the Great West Walk project is co-funded between Penrith City Council and the NSW Government. 

To learn more about the Greening the West Walk, visit https://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/policy-and-legislation/urban-greening/greening-the-great-west-walk 

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