PLANTING: Tina and Tony Gleeson with the initiative’s first trainee Kodie Duroux.
PLANTING: Tina and Tony Gleeson with the initiative’s first trainee Kodie Duroux. Trevor Veale

Indigenous culture at the heart of nursery

BIG things are set to grow from the Darrunda Wajaar Jaliigirr Barragin work initiative at Corindi.

The native language name translates to repair country tree farm in English.

It's name embodies the initiative's main purpose is to provide employment and training for local indigenous people, who struggle to gain opportunities and entry into the workforce.

The five acre farm cultivates rare species for bush regeneration projects and highway works, as well as bush tucker plants to promote indigenous culture and eucalyptus for koala habitat restoration.

Coffs Harbour local Aboriginal land council nursery manager, Peter Green said he hopes to double workforce numbers in the coming years with the goal to employ 10-12 Aboriginal people at the farm.

Mr Green said the nursery is currently filling small orders for local Landcare, National Parks and bush regeneration contractors and Coffs Harbour City Council.

Main propagator, Tina Gleeson has worked at the nursery for a year.

A self-confessed green thumb, Tina said she loves living and working at the nursery.

"I really enjoy it, it's very therapeutic," she said.

"You're hands are working, its peaceful, I just really like it, a lot of people don't but I love it."

The initiative's multiple projects and friendly atmosphere is also a big draw card for Tina.

"At the same time learn from the local community about how to grow them and when to pick them to broaden education for future generations," she said.

There's a certain persona, everyone is relaxed it makes good friendships."



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