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FRASER PRIMARY SCHOOL
Fraser Primary School launches its bush tucker garden with students Jai Bell, 9, and Jada,
6, dad Tyronne Bell and bush tucker co-ordinator Sue-Ellen Turk. Photo: Elesa Kurtz
School lessons sprout
an edible dimension
Bush tucker gardens are sprouting up around
Canberra and it s not just about the food.
Fraser Primary School plans to open its
garden to educate students about how
indigenous people survived off the land in the
There will be 18 varieties of native bush
tucker including yam daisies and bush tomatoes.
It s also a garden that contrasts in more than
one way with typical European gardens.
Some of the native plants grown in it are not
to be eaten. They are used to catch other food
such as fish.
Ngunawal descendent Tyronne Bell, whose
children attend Fraser Primary, said school
volunteers, parents and the business community
had all chipped in to make the garden happen.
"It is all about explaining to the wider
community and the Aboriginal community what
the ancestors would eat, Mr Bell said.
"I think we got the balance right with the 18
plants that we put in.
He said the garden also has signage and a
Dream Time story to educate students about the
garden and the region s history. The idea for the
garden was discussed more than 21G2 years ago.
Former executive teacher at Fraser Primary
School, Sue-Ellen Turk, initiated the plan.
"I was looking through a magazine and saw
where a community had created a garden ... and
thought we could transfer that idea and make it
into an indigenous garden, Mrs Turk said.
She said she spoke to the school principal and
Mr Bell and it went from there.
"It s been a long time coming but it is just
outstanding, Mrs Turk said.
Fraser Primary School principal Sue Norton
said she was delighted that one of their
Aboriginal families wanted to share their history
and culture with them.
Meanwhile Greening Australia is about to
launch a Koori Bush Tucker Garden at their
Aranda depot on August 1. At the launch
Greening Australia s indigenous officer Adam
Shipp will discuss the plants and their cultural
UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA
Completed Commons has important role
The University of Canberra s new $16 million
Sporting Commons has been officially opened.
The facility will be the new headquarters for
the University of Canberra Brumbies,
ACTSport and sports studies teaching and
The ACT Sports Hall of Fame, UC Fit! and
the UC Research Institute for Sport and
Exercise will also call the building home.
The 3300-square-metre facility includes three
gymnasiums, medical/rehabilitation areas,
plunge pools, a sauna, main oval, a skills field
and a purpose-built bocce court for Special
Minister for Sport and Recreation Andrew
Barr said the partnership between the ACT
government, the University of Canberra and
ACTSport would ensure Canberra was at the
forefront of development and innovation in
University of Canberra vice-chancellor
Professor Stephen Parker said the university was
investing in sport for the region and the future.
The completion of the Sporting Commons
brings us a step closer to realising our goal of
becoming Australia s leading sports university,
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