Bingara’s Living Classroom has been put to good use with a $1000 state government grant funding a cultural day for 160 Bingara Central School students at the agricultural regeneration plot.
“It was a fabulous day where the whole Bingara Central School student population got to take part,” Gwydir Shire Council Social Services Manager Suzanne Webber said.
“We tied it into the Myall Creek commemoration and it was a great day made possible by the NAIDOC Week grant.” She said the funding was crucial.
The day included weavers, dancers and bush tucker combining history, culture, the arts and education outdoors.
Toowoomba dancer and cultural educator Buddy Hippi, with his two nephews provided a great spectacle, along with Inverell artist Elenore Binge, helping the kids produce a canvas.
“It’s great to see how a grant like this can be used for a celebration of culture through education,” member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said.
“The students cooked johnny cakes and took part in some traditional fishing at the lake there, and it was done on a rotational basis with different groups so everyone got to do a bit of everything.”