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Healing the land with food, medicine

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Krystal Hurst getting ready to plant with Yurung Dhaura group members in the background.

Krystal Hurst getting ready to plant with Yurung Dhaura group members in the background. Photo: Supplied

MORE than 2000 indigenous medicinal and food plants are being planted at a Cotter Dam site that is being expanded.

Among them is the native bulbine lily, eaten either roasted or raw, as well as the tufted perennial herb Dianella longifolia, the berries of which can be eaten in spring and summer

''The objective is to improve lands which were former pine plantations, burnt in 2003,'' said Kirilly Dickson, senior environment and sustainability manager at ACTEW Water.

''These works should see habitat corridors increased, biodiversity improved and positives for water quality across the area.''

Four members of the Yurung Dhaura group employed by the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate are planting them.

PHILLIP THOMSON

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