This month, along with all our usual maintenance work across the site, we completed four improvements across the park that our visitors might appreciate.
1. Namalata Willem
Approximately two years ago I met with some of our Education Team regarding the much loved area behind Namalata Willem (Indigenous Teaching Shelter). Our Indigenous Educator Jida Gulpilil facilitated some ceremony to strengthen the site for sacred indigenous rituals. He was very challenged by the cut bluestones in the area, drawing a connection with incarceration and how this undermined the deeper values of the space. About six months later, our favourite excavator Dominic Murgo deposited a truck load of natural stone, and along with a number of other jobs requiring the excavator, we replaced the bluestones with natural stone in the Namalata Willem last week. You can see the changes in the photos.
Thanks to site team and site volunteers.
2. Kingfisher Sculpture
The much loved kingfisher sculpture was once located adjacent to the education office but it became viewed as a hazard after we received several reports of people cutting their head on the sculpture. The kingfisher is a very significant CERES icon, so with that in mind, it has now it has achieved some elevated status.
Thanks to site team, Frank our consultant engineer and Lewis our volunteer engineer.
3. Red Train
The Red Train has recently achieved a new incarnation as a teaching space for our courses and workshops. We had been running out of indoor spaces to deliver courses and beautiful old train will be a well-loved classroom in the heart of the park. This month, the beginning of the new entry to the train had a rough cut, with the future ramp to be constructed in May with corporate volunteers.
Thanks to site team and Phil, our volunteer architect.
4. Cretan Brotherhood Carpark
The Cretan Brotherhood carpark has always required CERES visitors to walk down the road to CERES due to the lack of pedestrian access from the carpark. Now we have prepared a pedestrian entry in the corner of the carpark to allow pedestrians to access the pedestrian path safely. Moreland Council will be finishing the surface.
Thanks to site team and volunteer landscape architects James and Ema.