It’s All Grow!

It’s All Grow!

EON has hit the ground running in remote communities after the wet season and the start of the 2016 school year. While the post-wet weeds can be a tad overwhelming (not to mention the snakes), EON project managers, community assistants and students have pulled together to get the gardens back into shape.

A big welcome to our new Pilbara Project Manager Jenny Hurse, who drove from Kununurra to her new home in South Hedland during January to be ready for the start of school. Jenny has been left a wonderful legacy by her predecessor Susie Scott and with a lot of weeding and clearing, the gardens at South Hedland Primary School, Yandeyarra and Warralong are looking great, thanks to support from BHP. In particular the South Hedland garden was still groaning with food after the wet, a testament to its permaculture design. Jenny has also begun nutrition and cooking classes and will work with our collaborators Pilbara Population Health and Foodbank throughout 2016.

Another new EON face, Gerard Worm from Kununurra, is helping Doon Doon and Warmun get their gardens up-to-scratch. Gerard is a founder of the successful Kununurra community garden, a permaculture expert and a former Warmun resident. The schools were very pleased to see him!

Going the distance

We have also extended our Royalties for Regions-funded program through till 2017 to ensure that some communities, particularly Bidyadanga, benefit from our program for the full five years while others have support on an “as needs basis” as they continue to sustain the program themselves.

Our respectful condolences

Sadly, over the summer there were some tragedies in a number of the communities in which EON works and we extend our respectful condolences to all the family and community members.

New growth in Fitzroy Valley

Our fabulous stalwart Suzanne has been back in the West Kimberley communities this term and will be joining EON director Katrina Burton and horticultural consultant Sabrina Hahn to visit new communities Yakanarra and Yiyili in mid-March. EON will work with Fitzroy Crossing-based Percy Cox from Marninwarntikura Aboriginal Corporation who will assist at Yiyili.

Going Bigtime

EON will be helping Bidyadanga establish and expand its commercial plantations during the year. A welcome outcome from the EON Thriving Communities program has been community drive at Bidyadanga and aspirations at Looma to establish commercial horticultural enterprises. EON is proud to continue working with the Kimberley Training Institute’s Kim Courtenay to make this a reality.