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Media release
Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders

31 March 2006

New Koori garden for Booderee National Park

Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for Booderee National Park, today announced the commencement of construction of a Koori Garden at Booderee Botanic Gardens.

"The Koori Garden is an exciting development for Booderee National Park," Mr Hunt said. "The Garden will present the traditional and contemporary use of plants by Aboriginal people, from bush foods to traditional medicines.

"It will be a great new attraction for Booderee. Vistors will be able to gain a first hand insight into ancient traditions, within an easy day trip from Sydney or Canberra."

The Botanic Gardens are part of Booderee National Park, which is owned by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal people. They are the only Aboriginal-owned Botanic Gardens in Australia.

The Koori Garden will also feed into the Booderee Junior Ranger program, providing a beautifully designed environment for young people to understand and appreciate Aboriginal people and their culture.

"We hope that the Koori Garden will eventually provide new business opportunities for the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community, with the commercial production of traditional plans, " Mr Hunt said.

"This is the first stage towards developing a Botanic Gardens with unique cultural themes, within the setting of this very special coastal national park."

Booderee National Park is jointly managed by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community and the Australian Government, through the Director of National Parks.

Media Contact:
Kristy McSweeney (Mr Hunt's Office) 0415 740 722

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