Yamuloong - more than a training facility!
A funding boost has helped Aboriginal training facility Yamuloong put its best face forward in showcasing the region’s Aboriginal culture and history.
Yamuloong is an Aboriginal owned and managed conference and training facility located on the land of the Awabakal people in Garden Suburb, Lake Macquarie.
The facility provides the general public and school groups with the opportunity to explore the Aboriginal culture and history of the indigenous people in an idyllic setting of over 3.2 hectares of native vegetation – including a variety of bush food plants.
Alarm bells rang for Yamuloong Property Manager, Warren Schillings when he realised there was an increase in weeds such as lantana and privet beside a small waterway on the once pristine property that could be linked to erosion caused by the June 2007 storms.
“Our team at Yamuloong pride ourselves on providing an excellent facility in a pristine environment and so we wanted to help restore this weed infested area,” Warren said.
Funding from Catchment Action NSW provided through the Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority (the CMA) allowed the team to remove weeds and plant over 600 native plants along the creek, helping to stabilise the banks and improve water flow and water quality.
CMA Aboriginal Community Support Officer Barry Williams said he was delighted the team from Yamuloong could work towards achieving their goals with the regeneration work complete.
“The team at Yamuloong can now look forward to further developing their education programs to increase awareness and understanding of Aboriginal culture, native bush foods and medicines and traditional practices in the Awabakal Country” Barry said.
Anyone wishing to visit or bring students along to this facility should contact Yamuloong direct on (02) 4943 6877 or email firstname.lastname@example.org