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The EON Thriving communities project has been awarded over $1.6 million under the Royalties for regions action agenda.
The project works to improve the health of Indigenous communities through the cultivation and consumption of fresh food, especially fruit, vegetables and bush tucker.
The funding was announced on 3 April 2012 by Wendy Duncan, Western Australia's Member for Mining and Pastoral Regions.
The Edge of Nowhere Foundation (EON) introduced its EON edible garden concept in 2007. The first EON edible garden was created at the Djarindjin/Lombadina Catholic School in the Kimberley, and the success of that 2008 pilot project has led to the introduction of EON edible gardens in seven other communities.
'The Royalties for regions-funded project will have four components - EON Edible Gardens, EON Healthy Eating, EON Education and Training, and EON Healthy Homes - a comprehensive approach to improving diet, knowledge of hygiene and nutrition, as well as horticultural skills,' Ms Duncan said.
'The focus of this funding will be on the communities of Wankatjungka, Ngalapita, Kalumburu, Warmun, Halls Creek, and Wanalirri, where community representatives approached EON to participate in the program.'
Source: Kimberley Page