Mum taking kids through Harpley Discovery Trail

On Saturday April 22, in collaboration with the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wadawurrung people, Lendlease launched the Harpley Discovery Trail - an interactive cultural awareness walk through Harpley’s wetlands and adventure park that focuses on the area's Indigenous history, European settlement, native plants, birdlife and water ecosystems.

A free mobile app called the ‘Harpley Discovery Trail’ has been developed to guide people along and features audio, a treasure hunt, environmental fast facts and information on the Wadawurrung, along with an education kit for schools and website.

General Manager for Lendlease’s Communities business in Victoria and South Australia, Tom Trevaskis, said this is the first time Lendlease has used modern technology to encourage community engagement with the landscape.

Smoking ceremony at the opening of the Harpley Discovery Trail

Wadawurrung Elder, Uncle Bryon Powell, said he was thrilled that the area’s cultural history has been acknowledged in such an accessible way.

“On behalf of the Wadawurrung people, we are very proud to have worked so closely with Lendlease on the development of the Discovery Trail and mobile app. We welcomed the opportunity to contribute stories, songs and information about our culture so that the history and significance of the wetlands, birdlife and native plants can be enjoyed and celebrated by the wider community,” Mr Powell said.

At the launch event, residents and local families enjoyed Dreamtime storytelling from the Wadawurrung, ochre face and hand painting, Indigenous craft activities for children, and a native-inspired menu by acclaimed restaurant Charcoal Lane.

To find out more about what's featured at the Harpley Discovery Trail, visit: www.harpleydiscoverytrail.com.au

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