On Sunday 22 February 2014, the Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network held a 'Listening to the Land' summer program at Tea Tree Creek in Flinders.
The program began with a Welcome to Country from Aboriginal elder Uncle Lionel Lauch. Uncle Lionel then took us on a silent walk along Tea Tree Creek stopping along the way to impart his knowledge of Aboriginal plant usage including food, medicines and other technology.
Left: Tea Treek Creek walk (from Boneo Road to Cairns Bay)
Right: Uncle Lionel Lauch playing the Didjeridoo on Cairns Bay
Tea Tree Creek is a pleasant 600m walk from the car park at Boneo Road to the rugged pebbled beaches of Cairns Bay. The walk follows the Creekand passes through a stand of revegetated native woodland before opening out onto the windswept cliffs and finishes on the beach surrounded by spectacular black basalt cliffs.
Uncle Lionel Lauch playing the didgeridoo at Cairns Bay
Upon reaching the beach, Uncle Lionel played the didjeridoo amongst the surrounding sounds of the land. The program concluded with a beautiful vegetarian lunch enjoyed by all.
Listening to the Land is an initiative of the Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network, seeking to bring people from different faith and cultural backgrounds together to connect or reconnect with the Land and to be moved to care for the Land. For more information see www.mpin.org.au