Connecting to country

BOORT and the surrounding marshes, lakes and rivers are culturally and spiritually rich.

For thousands of years the area was home to the first people of Australia, the Dja Dja Wurrung.

Within a 20-kilometre radius of Boort there are more than 2000 scar trees making the area one of, if not the largest, collection of scar trees in the world.

There are also numerous cooking mounds and artefacts scattered throughout the area that was, and still is, buzzing with activity. 

A free Connecting to Country celebration of the area's indigenous heritage will be held at Nolen's Park, adjacent to Godfrey Street and the lake on Monday, April 15 between 12.30pm and 3.30pm.

North Central Catchment Management Authority and Dja Dja Wurrung are hosting a fun, family event bringing the cultural significance and stories from the area to life.

Participants will also learn about local natural resource management projects. Come along to hear and learn from local Traditional Owners and Elders. There will be heaps of activities for everyone including:

• Barbecue lunch

• Welcome to country

• Weaving workshop

• Boomerang painting

• Traditional stories

• Cultural artefact display and much more

For catering purposes please contact the catchment authority on 5448 7124 by Thursday, April 11.

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