Smoking Ceremony at the launch of the Growing Strngbala Way Community Bush Garden Project in Katherine

A new community bush garden project in Katherine will provide opportunities for young people to work alongside Elders and strengthen links with culture. Participants in the Back on Track program–which we help deliver to young people in contact with the justice system–will work with Elders to establish and maintain a community bush medicine and bush tucker garden. The bush garden project is funded by a Northern Territory Government Suicide Prevention Grant and led by the Banatjarl Strongbala Wimun Grup of Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation. Young people will benefit from experiences of building and strengthening an inclusive, resilient local community and learn about traditional cultural healing strategies. When the garden is complete, it will give the Banatjarl women access to important bush medicine and tucker.