Rotary club building Indigenous Healing Garden at hospital

Indigenous healing at Katoomba Hospital: An artist's impression of the new garden with its firepit
Indigenous healing at Katoomba Hospital: An artist's impression of the new garden with its firepit

Work has finally begun on the Rotary Club of Blackheath's Anzac Memorial Indigenous Healing Garden at Katoomba hospital.

The garden idea was originally conceived back in 2015.

Rotarians have consulted widely on this garden, including with Aunty Sue Tate and Aunty Sharryn Halls.

They also met with a number of members of the community and the gardener was involved in the process early on.

The result is the inclusion of plants and symbols of the local area and culture. It will also feature a firepit.

The Indigenous Healing Garden is a symbol of reconciliation and an important part of the larger garden planned.

The Indigenous Healing Garden is a symbol of reconciliation.

The garden will not be home to big trees but the smaller plants, rock placement and the overall design will reflect the elements of fire and water, earth and air.

The project was launched to coincide with the centenary of the First World War and the poignant stories of indigenous soldiers who enlisted but were treated badly on their return. 

"Members of The Rotary Club of Blackheath are very pleased to be of assistance in bringing this about. We thank all those who have made contributions towards our goal so far," the club said in a statement.