New kindy garden connects cultures


Kids are getting a taste for the world around them, thanks to a new bush tucker program.
Forestview Community Kindergarten has opened a bush tucker garden, that educates preschoolers about conservation, community and Indigenous culture.
Co-director and teacher Louise Stallard has been developing the bush tucker garden over the past six years, in partnership with local Indigenous organisation Gidarjil Development Corporation.
Gidarjil advised Forestview on plants to include in the garden, and trainee Indigenous rangers visit the garden to help children care for the plants and understand their uses. 
CQ University's Dr. Karena Menzie-Ballantyne the program focuses on culture and sustainability.
"It's a wonderful program where they are looking to bring the community into the centre and bring the children out into the community by working with the Gidarjil Development Corporation and creating the bush tucker garden," Dr Manzie-Ballantyne says. 
Dr Manzie-Ballantyne also says it's helping to prepare kids into the future. 
"It's really important that we develop their skills and understandings to work with many different cultural backgrounds," Dr Manzie-Ballantyne says.
"Another element of global competence is developing their connection to the world."  

The project is also set to expand into the community, with plans to plant and care for bush tucker plants in a nearby environmental swamp.


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