During July 2017’s NAIDOC Week, Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Di Kerr provided a Welcome to Country for the big group of 60 people who came to a special Murnong Encounters evening put on by MECCARG (Merri and Edgars Creeks Confluence Area Restoration Group). Murnong, or PlainsYam Daisy, was a staple food for Wurundjeri people and Aunty Di has been closely involved in the local MECCARG project to revive and celebrate this vital food plant.
The MECCARG community was very proud to have Dr Beth Gott (on left in photo) lead the evening with a detailed account of Murnong, based on her long and distinguished career as an ethnobotanist.
On the night, Dr Gott was also presented with a framed Certificate of Recognition from the City of Yarra for her role as an inspiring woman of Yarra where she lives. Other excellent presentations were provided by restoration ecologist, Michael Longmore, who reported on the results of a multi-year Murnong project undertaken by Merri Creek Management Committee, and Mez Wicks who is closely involved with the cultivation of Murnong at the MECCARG Murnong Patch in Coburg. The evening was also supported by The City of Moreland and Merri Creek Management Committee.
If you want to get involved in caring for Murnong, join MECCARG volunteers at their regular working bees, monthly on a Wednesday 2-3pm, and on the first Saturday of each month 1-3pm. Check out the MECCARG facebook page for dates or the Merri events calendar (on left)