Waterfront: Regenerating Kooyongkoot – Welcome to Country Past Event

Presented by Centre for Architecture | Open House Melbourne, City of Stonnington, Boon Wurrung Foundation and Design Think Lab
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Welcome to country

Join a special Boon Wurrung welcome to country and smoking ceremony by Senior Cultural Officer David Tournier. Honour the traditional people and custodians of the past, present and future on the lands around Gardiner’s Creek (Kooyongkoot).

Explore the Kooyongkoot Masterplan, the City of Stonnington’s 20-year vision to restore and create a 10km biodiversity corridor along Gardiners Creek. Discover the opportunities for marking Indigenous heritage and learn about custodian leadership and supporting this with meaningful community partnerships. Guest speakers include:

  • David Tournier, Senior Boon Wurrung Cultural officer, Boon Wurrung Foundation

  • Sarah Naarden, Regenerating the Kooyongkoot Event producer, Design Think Lab

  • Keith Gove, Reconciliation Stonnington, speaking about the Uluru Statement from the Heart

This event is part of the ‘Regenerating the Kooyongkoot’ series – a citizen-led micro-festival celebrating the beginning of a 20-year masterplan to restore and create a 10km biodiversity corridor around Glen Iris Wetlands and Gardiners Creek.

The day also invites participation in family-friendly community partnership activities including ‘Bio Blitz Challenge’, a mobile app nature hunt and ‘Plog the Frog’, a wetlands clean up. Further information at @ Regenerating the Kooyongkoot /facebook

David Tournier

Senior Boon Wurrung Cultural officer Boon Wurrung Foundation.

Sarah Naarden

Sarah Naarden is a trans-disciplinary designer, architect and educator passionate about co-evolving sustainability with First Nations leadership. Sarah is a member of the Victorian Design Review panel for the Office of Victorian Government Architects and co-ordinates the First Nations Trust Building Program with Initiatives of Change. In 2015 Sarah founded Design Think Lab to create place-making projects like The Monash Health Aboriginal Healing Garden in a co-design process with Wurrundjeri Elders.

Kieth Gove

Reconciliation Stonnington, speaking about the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

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