Aurora Boardwalk Park Smoking Ceremony
On October 10 2017 members of the Whittlesea Council and the extended Aurora team gathered to witness the official opening of Aurora’s Boardwalk Park on Wimmera Crescent and Aberfeldy Grove. A traditional Indigenous Smoking Ceremony took place to cleanse the location and ready for use by the families in Aurora.
Wurunjderi Elder Perry Wandin, a Traditional Owner of the land, performed the Smoking Ceremony. The purpose of the Smoking Ceremony was to remove the evil spirits from the land and promote its wellbeing through the burning of fragrant eucalyptus leaves. “Doing a traditional Smoking takes away any evil spirits that could have been in this land.” - Perry Wandin, Wurundjeri Elder.
This acknowledgement of the Wurundjeri heritage of Aurora is an important part of the Lendlease commitment to educate the local community about the traditions and Wurundjeri history of the area. In the future, Aurora Boardwalk Park will also incorporate an education journey through signage to further promote and remember the customs and lifestyles of past and contemporary Wurundjeri community.