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Aboriginal community recreates hunter-gatherer culture to solve food shortage

Posted in Models, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on October 21st, 2010

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A Victorian Aboriginal community has returned to traditional hunter-gatherer methods to solve food shortages and improve healthy eating.  Victoria University has been working with the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative in Geelong to reignite passion for traditional cooking methods, improve access to healthy foods and help close the health gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. The project, funded by VicHealth, has led to the development of an Aboriginal television cooking series planned to be aired on community TV, the publication of a specialised cookbook and the distribution of children’s plates depicting healthy food portions. The 5000-strong Wathaurong Aboriginal community, which spreads from near Anglesea to south of Ballarat, is also developing a food bank and holding regular social cooking events.

Recent Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show the average Indigenous household income is $460 a week, compared to $740 for non-Indigenous families. VU Senior Research Fellow Dr Karen Adams said the rise in the cost of healthy foods had put pressure on Aboriginal families, with many running out of food before their next pay. Encouraging the development of community gardens, food shares and the hunting and gathering of traditional foods was vital to healthy eating and food security in the community, she said. “There has been a real focus on how you can recreate your culture in a modern colonised world. It’s about increasing people’s knowledge by planting native foods in community gardens and demonstrating cooking methods that include fish in clay wraps and paperbark, kangaroo, native spinach, native mint and even witchetty grubs. “All of this reinforces cooking as cultural, healthy, social and fun. We want to move away from diets high in sugar and salt content.’’

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Researching what grows green on rooftops

Posted in Models by Devin Maeztri on September 19th, 2008

Rooftop gardens can be one of the energy saving options for people living in urban areas. It makes your roof not only greener but also creates the building more environmental friendly. Dr. Nick Williams from the University of Melbourne Burnley Campus is conducting research to evaluate the potential of using native vegetation under Australian climatic conditions.

Please visit the University of Melbourne Voice Vol. 3, No. 6 to find more information about green roofs.