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Children connect with local indigenous culture as part of extra-special school holiday community project

Children at Singleton Council's Out of School Hours Care got a unique insight into Singleton's local indigenous heritage
at an event organised by the Singleton Community Garden and Singleton Council on Thursday 13 April.

Made possible through funding from Glencore, the Singleton Indigenous Heritage - A Youth Experience' project aimed to connect local children with the indigenous community by discussing and learning about indigenous culture directly from elders.

The event included a visit to Baime Cave guided by local elder Warren Taggart, as well as a tour of the bush tucker garden with Kevin Lomax.

Mark Ihlein, Council’s Director Planning and Sustainable Environment, said the children were also treated to a performance by Uncle Perry, an AboriginalEducation Officer from Kotara School, to teach them about the many different facets of Aboriginal life and culture, including language, music and dance.

“It is important that children are provided with the opportunity to connect with country by learning about local indigenous customs and language, which many never have an opportunity to do,” he said.

“The ‘Singleton’s Indigenous Heritage – A Youth Experience’ project provided an opportunity for children to understand the significance and stories behind a local indigenous site, plus learn about bush tucker plants native to the Singleton area.”

President of Singleton Community Garden Kevin Lomax said it was wonderful to see the children so engaged with the plants.

“The learning facility at the Community Garden enables participants to experience nature up close through seeing, feeling and smelling the bush tucker plants,”he said.

“We are very appreciative of the funding and support provided by Glencore to enable this event to be held; to the Singleton Men’s Shed who provided catering on the day; and Mark from Anvil Buses who transported everyone to and from the event safely.”

Media release and photo courtesy of Singleton Council.