Riverina Local Land Services

Wiradjuri plant use e-book

Riverina Local Land Services has re-launched an electronic version of the Wiradjuri Plant Use in the Murrumbidgee Catchment publication.


Originally published in March 2008, the 100 page colour booklet is a contemporary guide to the identification of plants within the Murrumbidgee catchment that are significant to the Wiradjuri people.


The guide describes native vegetation, their purpose and uses based on the knowledge gathered by co-authors Alice Williams and Tim Sides at Aboriginal consultation groups in eight different towns across the catchment. Wiradjuri Plant Use is a valuable resource of local Aboriginal cultural heritage and is available for download or viewing online.


Murrumbidgee CMA Land Services Officer (Aboriginal Communities) and contributor of the original guide James Ingram said that the sharing of traditional ecological knowledge was integral to the publication’s success.


“The guide would not have been possible without the participation of the Traditional Owners and Aboriginal people across the catchment at Brungle, Tumut, Wagga Wagga, Narrandera, Leeton, Darlington Point, Griffith and Hay,’ said Mr Ingram.John Francis, Murrumbidgee CMA General Manager said that the e-book will provide greater access to this sought after publication. “The stock from the original print run of the guide ran out in 2012, but interest in the book has continued to grow,” said Mr Francis.“


“Printing costs of this publication restricted how many could be produced, therefore the once off cost of producing an e-book allows us to make the guide accessible at no cost.”