Waraburra Nura (Happy Wanderer's Place) came about thanks to the knowledge and creativity of a wonderful group of people. Aunty Fran Bodkin, a botanist and D'harawal Senior, generously shared her knowledge about the Indigenous plants of the area, their uses and the stories that accompany them.
Nicole Monks of Black and White Creative is a Yamatji Wajarri woman with Dutch and English heritage whose diverse cultural background influences her art and design practice. Her design of the garden boxes was inspired by chlorophyll cells and provides various seating arrangements for people to sit and relax; alone or together using the seats or edges of the boxes. The design gives the balcony a sense of flow, where visitors can wander freely in a peaceful and inviting outdoor environment.
The Waraburra Nura website was created by Wiradjuri man Tamatau Faleono, as part of his Honors year at UTS FASS. The website is designed as an extension of the garden, using the interconnectedness of companion planting as its model and incorporating the oral history to which these plants belong to.
Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research have their offices all around the garden and were the group who financially supported the garden to come to fruition. Thank you Maree Graham and Kaleena Smith for supporting the vision and to everyone in Jumbunna who cares and attends to the plants so carefully.
As the UTS ART Coordinator Learning and Projects, it has been a great pleasure to work on this project and assist its growth from a seed of an idea to a place of wellbeing and learning for everyone. I hope you enjoy this place for happy wanderers. - Alice McAuliffe