Bringing traditional insight to on-ground park stewardship

Posted: 12 July 2021

This year we are very pleased to be able to expand our hands-on park stewardship program with the inclusion of cultural insights from experienced guide Brendon Kennedy.

Brendon, familiar locally through his work with Burraja Cultural Centre, is a cultural tour guide, traditional land manager and craftsman. He was Victoria’s first Aboriginal Landcare Officer and has extensive experience in local bush crafts and interpreting country for community members.

Brendon will join Parklands Ranger Danny Jones for two hours every Monday morning for the remainder of winter and spring 2021, enriching the park stewardship experience with traditional knowledge.

Volunteers are welcome to join our Caring for Country stewardship program as we find out what the bush can tell us and work on the practical tasks that are protecting threatened species, improving habitat and linking habitat corridors across the region. We will be planting climate adapted species, restoring bush tucker plants to local ecosystems and much more.

The program will run every Monday, 9.30-11.30am, for 16 weeks from 26th July, in a different park every week. All tools and equipment are supplied. Join one or join all – all welcome. Registrations for this program are essential to be able to share the sites each week and allow for Covid or other changes. Please register here.

This program is part of our ‘Diversifying Park Stewardship’ project, supported by the Victorian Government through the Volunteering Innovation Fund. For further information please contact us at

Brendon explaining the scar tree at Wonga Wetlands, 2018