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Wattle Walk Community Project

Australia’s Black Summer was like no other, with the bushfires that raged across the nation leaving many of us overwhelmed and in disbelief at the devastation they caused.

In recognition of our local community’s resilience and the tireless efforts of the NSW RFS, the University of Wollongong Batemans Bay Campus, with support from Eurobodalla Shire Council Libraries, Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden and River of Art, hope to create a shared experience that symbolises our combined loss but also celebrates regrowth and healing.

Our “Wattle Walk” calls on members of the community to knit wattle branches adorned with yellow pom poms, which will culminate in a public event showcasing an outdoor display of hand-knitted wattle branches. The branches will be displayed on the beautiful grounds of the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden and will form part of the River of Art Festival. 

COVID Update

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing nature of the current COVID-19 restrictions, UOW Batemans Bay has made the decision to postpone the Wattle Walk display planned for the 17th-26th September 2021.

We will confirm a new date in the coming weeks for a 2022 event.

The good news is that we have more time to make wattles which will make our display even grander.

We thank all of the wonderful members of our extended community who have been busy making wattles this year and assure you that they are all packaged up safely in readiness for a spectacular display at the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens when it is safe to proceed.

Please keep making wattles and stay tuned for further details about dropping off your wattles and our display next year. 

wattles in ground  wattles packed in a box

Updated August 26th 2021. 

Why the wattle?

Wattles are one of the first plants to regenerate after fires and play a vital role in restoring ecosystems. Furthermore, their yellow colour is symbolic of the yellow NSW RFS uniform given to every brigade member when they pass basic training.

What pattern should I use?

If you would like to help you can head to the Eurobodalla Shire Council Library Facebook page or website for more information. Alternatively, you can drop in to Narooma, Moruya or Batemans Bay libraries to pick up a pattern or a wattle knitting pack. You can also find an instructional video below and photos with various patterns. 

Where can I drop my wattles?

Please drop off your completed wattles, stems, leaves or pom poms to Narooms, Moruya or Batemans Bay libraries. 

You can find out more information by contacting Nicky or Jaimey at

University of Wollongong Batemans Bay campus

'Hanging Rock' Beach Road

Batemans Bay NSW 2536

0244722125

bbay-enquiries@uow.edu.au

 

This community project is supported by funding from COORDINARE - South Eastern NSW PHN through the Australis Government's PHN Program

Step by Step instructions

Follow along with the video for step-by-step instructions on how to make and assemble a wattle

Step By Step Instructions