Development of the Garden Space: Gallery
In 2008, after receiving permission from BCC and the SOWN environment group, some members of Balaangala started clearing the site at 98 Yoorala St, The Gap. It was two terraces covered with just about every weed you can imagine. Work has continued fortnightly since then. The first tree was planted by our youngest members, Frida, Rahnia and Ella, on Sorry Day 2009.
The garden has been planted with native plants that have been and continue to be used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as food, and for tools, medicine and craft. The aim is to help group members, local residents and visitors learn about and appreciate (a small part of) Indigenous Culture and Knowledge.
Another part of the garden work is developing signs for each plant indicating where possible, the local Brisbane language name for the plant or neighbouring language groups, for example, Gubbi Gubbi or Wakka Wakka. By using the Indigenous words, we hope to raise awareness of the existence of the many different languages that make up this area, and this country.
An important part of the garden is the yarning space. This is where we quench our thirst after working together, drink lots of tea; where we plan activities, where we share ideas, ask questions, disagree and learn.
Working bees are on the 1st Saturdays of the month, starting about 3 pm. Everyone is welcome to come once, every now and then, or every time. It’s good to check before you come via email or facebook (See Contact Us.)