Yakai Baring Native Garden Area

Sitting within the Melville Creek environment area, the garden space has been specially designed to give students and visitors a sense of what the area would have been like pre-settlement, with indigenous wildflowers and other flora dotting the undulating landscaping built to follow the original path of Melville Creek.


The Yakai Barring water garden was created with the assistance of a grant from the Living Victoria grants program, and utilizes a “whole of water cycle” approach in conjunction with Merri Creek Management Committee. This approach focuses on ways we can diversify our water supply solutions through creative urban design and minimising water wastage. Students will learn about the interactions between eco-systems, practices for sustainable living, and environmental conservation, as they explore the water garden’s various pathways and spaces.

The opening celebrations for the Yakai Barring environment area was a great success and an enjoyable day for families who attended. Wurundjeri mob elder Ian Hunter performed dancing, song and demonstrated firelighting. Zoologist Chris Humfry and his Wild Action rangers showcased indigenous animals to the Brunswick/Moonee Ponds Creek environment. The Hon Jane Garrett, Member for Brunswick, opened the garden officially, and there was a BBQ meal to share.

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