The raging fires devastating Australia in 2020 have claimed a slice of Aboriginal history and an entire life's worth of work from Jamanee Gunya, owned and operated by Noel and Trish Butler.
The 100 acre property, burnt, ash filled and a skeleton of its former self can now been seen end to end from one viewpoint, a task once impossible. Animal carcasses lay like debris across the land with the odd injured wallaby attempting to bound to safety.
Uncle Noel is a Budawang Elder from the Yuin Nation, a qualified teacher, educator, mentor, horticulturist, chef and historian, he together with his wife have been teaching, delivering programs and working with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal adults and children for over 35 years.
Gentle and caring souls, Uncle Noel and Trish have dedicated their lives to helping others through teaching and mentoring. They have opened their doors countless times over the years to people of all situations and needs. If their place of peace can help educate, reconnect or re-center your purpose then they will, and have, opened their arms selflessly.
This tranquil piece of country located in the Budawang bush was abundant in wildlife, and place where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people came to learn how to read country, move with country and look after country in a one of a kind setting.
A place designed to be rich in culture, heritage and history Jamanee Gunya provided facilities to enhance educational programs with leanings about and offerings of:
Bush food walks and functions
Cooking demonstrations with traditional bush foods
Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremonies
With such a wide variety of cultural offerings, the property was equipped with multiple artifacts of Aboriginal heritage and countless years worth of sculpture work all handmade by Noel and the tools he used to create them.
The uniqueness of this property is felt worldwide with people coming from all corners to experience its beauty. Unfortunately, it is due to this uniqueness that the buildings were uninsurable at an affordable cost.
A home, a sacred site, a piece of Aboriginal history and a life’s work is gone.
The task now is to attempt to rebuild what once was.
Starting with the clearing of carcasses and burnt debris, Noel and Trish have expressed their need to begin planting native bush tucker and other flora immediately.
Along with plants, there is a need to purchase simple tools for gardening and building such as shovels, hoes, bansaws, wood, hardware and more to allow them to begin regenerating this site.
Along with these simple requests there is an immediate need to provide shelter/housing, food, water and more on their property as they begin rebuilding their lives.
In the long run the funds will be used to rebuild the main home, dormitories, kitchen and other facilities that have been used by the wider community.
Monetary donations will be of the most benefit in the long run however donations of tools, shelter, hardware and others may be accepted and coordinated by contacting [email redacted]
Jessica Staines is a Wiradjuri woman and early childhood teacher. Jessica has worked in early childhood for over ten years in both urban and rural services. Whilst working in early childhood Jessica has had direct contact with Uncle Noel, with both family and friends visiting his property and being influenced and educated by his vast and varied knowledge.
SPECIAL PRODUCT RELEASE - KOORI CURRICULUM
Jessica Staines, owner of Koori Curriculum has now released a special webinar with free download for the early childhood services and schools. Titled Challenging the culture of celebrations, this webinar discusses:
- resolving feelings when our professional and personal philosophy surrounding celebrations clash.
- consulting the code of ethics as part of the decision making process to ensure we are acting in the best interests of all children all the time.
- what do we include and what do we exclude? Who do we include and who do we exclude?
- how to best manage change of centre celebration culture for families.
- defining and differentiating equality and equity to ensure all children have the capacity and support to thrive.
ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THIS PRODUCT WILL BE DONATED DIRECTLY TO THE Jamanee Gunya Appeal! Purchase the webinar here - https://kooricurriculum.com/products/webinar-challenging-the-culture-of-celebrations-all-proceeds-to-support-jamanee-gunya-rebuilding-fund?_pos=1&_sid=79cbdcf29&_ss=r
- Sandra Hand
- Sophie Pearce
- Marnie Omeragic
- KAREN WILLIAMS
Organizer and beneficiary
#1 fundraising platform
More people start fundraisers on GoFundMe than on any other platform. Learn more
In the rare case something isn’t right, we will work with you to determine if misuse occurred. Learn more
Expert advice, 24/7
Contact us with your questions and we’ll answer, day or night. Learn more