A sneak peek at the indigenous garden space taking shape at Narrawong District Primary School

The artworks for the Dedicated Indigenous Garden and Sculpture (DIGS) project at Narrawong District Primary School are taking shape!

The students worked with local artist, Catherine Bailey, to create beautiful silhouette designs of local flora and fauna last year. The designs have now been transformed into a circular mosaic, and an amazing fire globe by Portland sculptor, Andrew Walsh. The iron fire globe has just be installed within the paved circle. We won’t show you the final product before the students get to see (that would be unfair), so below is a sneak peek instead.

Who is hiding there? Some of the students’ flora and fauna designs featured on the indigenous garden’s fire globe.

Following the school break, the students will be able to help me plant in our indigenous resource and food plants in the garden beds, which have been nursed over a dry summer. As the garden comes to life, the students will learn more about the features, uses and significance of these plants through some workshops in their very own living classroom.

We have had a lot of help from school parents, as well as an amazing job done by our contractors – garden landscapers Phillip King, Vincent Antony, Huseyin Kawasaka, stonemason Geoff Pullman, and sculptor/welder Andrew Walsh – Thank you for your efforts!

The  DIGS project is being supported by the RMIT University’s Helen and Geoff Handbury Fellowship program, as well as DELWP’s Coastcare program, Port of Portland EcoPort Grant, Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation, and local businesses.

Lauren Kivisalu