Works on the Gadhaba Edible Medicinal Garden in Mansfield’s Botanic Park are well underway and set to finish on time and on budget by July 2021.
With landscaping now complete, the final stage will see the design and installation of interpretive signage throughout the 2600 square metre garden. Visitors will be able to enjoy an educational and culturally rich self-guided tour through a device such as a mobile phone or tablet.
The project has been a joint collaboration between the Gadhaba Local Aboriginal Network (GLAN) and Mansfield Shire Council. The GLAN approached Council in 2017 to propose the establishment of the garden, at which time a working group was established to further develop the concept.
Mansfield Shire Council Mayor Mark Holcombe said that the Gadhaba Garden project recognises and acknowledges the Yowung illam balluk clan of the Taungurung people, the original and traditional owners of the land on which Mansfield is located.
“The project will provide an educational and cultural experience for residents and visitors, and will showcase the significance of local plants used for food, medicinal and textile purposes by the Taungurung people,” Mayor Holcombe said.
“These works have the potential to foster reconciliation and bring everyone together whilst providing a space to preserve culture and protect and promote the biodiversity of our native flora.”
The Gadhaba Garden project was made entirely possible by $62,000 in funding from the Korin Korin Balit Djak Plan, Ovens Murray Funding Proposal (2019 – 2020).
For more information regarding the project, please contact Council on 5775 8555.