Murnong Harvest Ceremony

Sunday October 29, 2017

Attached is a notice about the Murnong Harvest Ceremony on the 29th of October.

Also information about the “Moor-rul Reconciliation Grasslands” which is maintained by Volunteers.

New Volunteers are always welcome

The Moor-rul Grasslands were established in 2009 by the Nillumbik Reconciliation Group to regenerate an area of typical native grassland on this small area of basalt soil, commemorating Wurundjeri occupation of this area for thousands of years.

Grasslands provided an important source of food for local Wurundjeri

Grasses such as kangaroo grass themeda, wallaby grass danthonia and microlena were grazed by kangaroos, an easy target for hunters.

  • Tubers from yam daisy Micrcoseries lanceolata, chocolate lilies Dichopogon strictus and many orchids provided starchy paste and breads.
  • Frogs, lizards and small marsupials were found among the grasses and small plants.
  • Dry grass was used to draft proof willams (shelters).
  • Lomandra provided material for weaving baskets and carry bags.

The regeneration is achieved by removal of weeds, allowing the native grasses and forbs to seed and by planting appropriate species amongst the grasses. Traditional mosaic burning reduces weeds and encourages fresh indigenous growth.

Nillumbik Reconciliation Group Inc.  Friends of the Moor-rul Grasslands: Information for volunteers

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