With a desire to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land their church sits on, members of the Enfield Uniting Church called on the local community and Council’s Aboriginal Advisory Panel.
A popular, but neglected, public walkway next to the church at 247 Main North Road was chosen to develop into an inviting green space for passers-by that also showed the commitment to growing living relationships between First and Second peoples in our local area.
During early conversations and investigations by the SA Museum, it was discovered that the site had been the intersection of major Kaurna trading routes and could well have been a gathering place of indigenous peoples for many generations.
Horticulture students from Tauondi Aboriginal College, led by teacher Michelle Noronha, also became involved by selecting suitable plants and designing the site.
Margaret Gunn from the Uniting Church said that she hoped passers-by would notice the striking screens, particularly at night when they are floodlit to contrast with the Main North Road business frontages.
“Most of all, we hope people passing by will stop and think about the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains by seeing this positive commitment to growing relationships today,” she added.
$22,000 was funded by the Enfield Uniting Church congregation, anonymous donors and the Uniting Foundation. The City of PAE provided advice, and $2,500 Community Grant for flood lights, security, additional seating and garden features.