Young people living in Castlemaine will have the opportunity to reconnect with nature and learn about Indigenous culture through a bespoke program funded by a grant from the Andrews Labor Government’s Pick My Project initiative.
Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards, today visited Mt Tarrengower for the Dharrengower Cultural Walk, which included a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony from Dja Dja Wurrung leader Rebecca Phillips.
The cultural walk is one of a series of free events run by not-for-profit social enterprise Mirawara Outdoor Experiences Inc as part of their Earth Core program, thanks to $94,755 from the Labor Government.
Earth Core aims to give young people the opportunity to engage in outdoor educational experiences including abseiling, rock climbing, caving, mountain biking, overnight bushwalking, Indigenous culture awareness and an earth-skills workshop.
By spending more time in nature, young people can connect and learn about the Indigenous history and culture of the Dja Dja Wurrung people which is an important part of Reconciliation and progress towards a more inclusive, diverse and more sustainable society.
The Pick My Project grant will allow the program to run a year of free events for people aged 12 – 25 and partially subsidised events for the broader community, encouraging people of all ages and abilities to get involved.
Earth Core is one of 16 projects to receive a share in more than $2.2 million in Pick My Project funding across the Loddon Campaspe region.
Mirawara Outdoor Experiences Inc has delivered 11 Earth Core programs to date which will run until early 2020.
Other successful Pick my Project projects in the region include the Romsey Ecotherapy Park Climbing Forest, upgrades for the Castlemaine library and the rehabilitation of the sports oval at Castlemaine North Primary School.
“It’s really exciting to support initiatives like Earth Core that connect local young people to our Indigenous history and the culture of the Dja Dja Wurrung people.”
“More than 200 people voted for this project as part of Pick My Project and I’m proud that more young people are getting outdoors and connecting with nature and Indigenous culture as a result of this program.”