The purpose of the garden is to celebrate indigenous culture and to acknowledge the location of the CNLC on Wurundjeri land
Tract is supporting the Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre (CNLC) to deliver an Indigenous Garden within its current Balam-Balam community garden. The purpose of the garden is to celebrate indigenous culture and to acknowledge the location of the CNLC on Wurundjeri land. The garden will include a range of local indigenous plants with a focus on water conservation as well as native food and medicinal plants to showcase to the community. The completion date is planned for November 2020 to be marked with an opening ceremony organised by CNLC in partnership with supporting project partners including Wurundjeri Tribal Council to advise on issues of cultural significance and to help deliver education workshops once the garden is established.
For almost 50 years, the Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre (CNLC) has years been at the heart of the Carlton community providing a centre for connectedness, education and training and health and wellbeing. The centre is also committed to the celebration of cultural diversity through the holding of cultural festivals and other activities. CNLC’s vision of being a community that connects people, creates opportunities, and challenges disadvantage and inequity is clearly lived out through its wide reach and diversity of programs.
AWF is proud of our long association with CNLC. In 2018 AWF, supported by our Network Partners, SJB and Meinhardt-Bonacci, provided spatial planning expertise and produced a masterplan report to assess the current and future needs of the staff and community. CNLC will use this as a key reference in developing their strategic plan for future use of the site and to explore funding options to make the needed upgrades to their facility supporting the centre in the expansion of the centre.