Melbourne University Community Garden Welcome to Country Ceremony and Planting

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The Melbourne University Community Garden (located at the Parkville campus on Monash Road) is a volunteer-run space which is centred around sustainability and community. We welcome people from all walks of life.

During Reconciliation Week 2019, we will be formally recognising the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations’ stewardship of this particular site on which our garden grows.

At 5.30pm sharp on Wednesday 29th of May, the Community Garden will celebrate a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony by Aunty Diane Kerr OAM, of the Wurundjeri Tribe Council.

Songman John Wayne Parsons from Wilin will then join in the celebration.

Light food and refreshments will be provided by Torres Strait-islander-owned and run catering company Mabu Mabu, and community-owned Sorghum Sisters.

Please note that the event will be filmed, but participants can request not to be included in the filming.


We are privileged to walk in the First Peoples’ footsteps in learning to practise deep ecological awareness on unceded Aboriginal land that stretches back to time immemorial. As gardeners who have a close relationship with living soil, water and organic vegetation, we unreservedly recognise The First Peoples’ inextricable spiritual and cultural connection to this sacred place.

Facilitated by Mimmalisa Trifilò in partnership with Clare Harvey of the MU Community Garden, in consultation with Wurundjeri Tribe Council, in collaboration with Murrup Barak, Wilin at VCA, and the UMSU Indigenous and Environment Departments.