We recently completed the second phase of a multi-year collaboration between MCMC and the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation (WWCHAC). The project is funded by a grant from the City of Yarra to explore cultural and ecological values at the Merri and Birrarung Confluence.
The slideshows from two online events - Talking Merri Birrarung: Caring for Country where the Merri flows into Birrarung (Yarra River) in December 2021 and January 2022 - reflect the project’s goal to enrich community connections to Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Country. They are valuable resources on local intercultural responses to Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung cultural practices.
The Covid pandemic caused Year Two of our partnership to sprawl across 2019 to 2022 and demanded innovation in delivery methods. During that time we reached 670 people including 343 children in the early years community of Yarra in 2021. We created a storied collaboration with WWCHAC educator, Rebecca Axford, with Woi-wurrung language and method of counting, in seven Baanj biik (Water Country) online events hosted by Yarra Libraries Carlton.
In May 2022, we enjoyed a return to face-to-face community experiences at Merri Birrarung Confluence. Two guided walks were attended by 47 people in a complex encounter with Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung language, local plant knowledge, natural features of Wurundjeri Country and stories of Wurundjeri people’s survival and vital ongoing presence.
Photo shows Uncle David Wandin talking to participants before a guided walk at the confluence of the Merri Creek and Birrarung (Yarra River).