Come along to our Nhanbu Gurru Festival

Monday, 10 September 2018

Celebrate Wurundjeri culture at our Nhanbu Gurru Festival on Sunday, 7 October.

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr John Sipek said the family-friendly festival will include a smoking ceremony, talks with elders, traditional dancing and music, a BBQ and children’s activities.

“The event follows on from our Walk with Wurundjeri event in March where the community helped us plant the Murnong (yam daisy). Nhanbu Gurru means ‘ancient flower’ in Woi wurrung,” Cr Sipek said.

“We’re now inviting you back to help us harvest the plant, which was once a staple food of the Wurundjeri people and widely grown and harvested in this area.”

Portfolio holder for Access, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Cr Cam Nation said the festival will take place at our Babepal Paen-mirring (‘Mother’s tear’) ceremonial rock circle at Five Mile Creek Reserve in Essendon.

“The rock circle is a not only an important site of Aboriginal significance, it is also a meeting place for the whole community,” Cr Nation said.

“The site recently won a Highly Commended award in the Local Government category of this year’s HART (Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together) Awards. We encourage you to come along to the Nhanbu Gurru Festival and check it out.”

When: Sunday, 7 October 2018, 11am–2pm

Where: Five Mile Creek Reserve, 2 Government Road, Essendon

Find out more about the event on our reconciliation calendar page

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Last updated: Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 11:59 PM