New aboriginal mural in city

ABORIGINAL food and medicine has inspired two new features in Coffs Harbour’s City Square.

Artist Alison Williams’ 19-metre-long mural, Ocean Medicine, features black cowrie shells, used by her aunt to treat bronchitis and chest infections and a traditional Gumbaynggir medicine.

The mural is mounted on the Coffs Harbour City Council’s multi-storey car park in Park Avenue facing City Square.

Midgin berry plants have been included in a new bush tucker garden for the square, planted by the Darrumba Wajaar (repair to country) team, and Coffs Harbour City Council.

Kevin Starkey from the National Parks and Wildlife Service said midgin berries were traditionally used as a source of both fruit and medicine.

“They have a citrus-like taste and are still used today to make jams and sauces,” Mr Starkey said.

“The leaves were crushed as a medicine to relieve nasal congestion. Traditionally the whole of the plant would have been used.”



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