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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Don Burke to join Indigenous garden box project launch

Date posted: 29 May 2012

Gardening guru, Don Burke attended the launch of the Indigenous garden box project with the Gold Coast Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. The project, which is being implemented by Kalwun Health Service in partnership with the Gold Coast Indigenous Health Service, aims to promote healthy eating and growing fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit at home.

Garden boxes with vegetables, herbs and traditional bush tucker plants will be supplied to members of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. There will also be a variety of activities over the next six months including monthly workshops on healthy cooking and gardening. Community Nutritionist Sonya Mattiazzi, of the Indigenous Health Service said the program was a step towards doing something sustainable for the community. 'The Indigenous garden box project aims to provide skills, resources and confidence to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members to enable them to grow their own vegetables and make well-informed healthy eating choices.' she said.

Fifty garden boxes with vegetable, herb and bush tucker seedlings were presented to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members by Don Burke and the Gold Coast Permaculture Group.

Source: Queensland Health

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Miami Qld 4220
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