From Little Things, Big Things Grow

A small rural school on large grounds, Elphinstone Primary faces increased risks from bushfires and heatwaves, coupled with less rainfall. To adapt, the school is forging closer relationships with Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owners to ensure its grounds – and students – continue to thrive in a drier, warmer climate.

In close consultation with First Nations’ people, the school community has planted a bushfood garden on a neglected part of the school grounds, choosing native species able to withstand heatwaves and flourish with minimal water, among them Midyim, Chocolate Lilies, Pigface, Warrigal Greens and Flax-Lily.

With the help of Ira Barker from Aboriginal catering group Murnong Mammas, the students have learned how to use these plants in a variety of ways as part of a Reconciliation Week event – learning that will be shared with their families and community, and with other schools within the local small schools cluster.


We acknowledge and respect Victorian Traditional Owners as the original custodians of Victoria’s land and waters, their unique ability to care for Country and deep spiritual connection to it. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom has ensured the continuation of culture and traditional practices. We are committed to enabling self-determination for all Aboriginal people and aim to work closely with the Aboriginal community to drive action and improve outcomes especially in the context of a changing climate.

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