On 12 May, several DDR team members attended the launch of the Indigenous Yarning Circle and Bush Tucker Garden at the Royal Military College Duntroon.
DDR was engaged by Downer to undertake the construction of these meaningful spaces, which can be used by members of the ADF and the public, to appreciate Ngunnawal culture and tradition, and the peoples’ rich ties with Country.
Yarning circles have been used for thousands of years and provide a space for the passing on of cultural knowledge through storytelling. This one includes locally sourced sandstone blocks that are reminiscent of the sandstone used to construct Duntroon House in 1833.
The Bush Tucker Garden surrounding the Yarning Circle comprises native plants with multiple uses. Edible berries, for example, provide nectar as well as essential ingredients for medicine.