The Garradyang Cultural Garden at Bushman's Hill was officially opened on Friday 13 November 2020 by Council's Deputy Mayor Barbara Newton, representatives from the Wiradjuri working group and members of Parkes Shire schools.

Parkes Shire Deputy Mayor, Barbara Newton said "the Wiradjuri Garden aims to increase community awareness of local Wiradjuri culture and history."

"A Masterplan has been developed for the Bushman's Hill precinct by Parkes Shire Council, and the inclusion of the Cultural Garden is included to celebrate the vision of the precinct. A Wiradjuri Amphitheatre is already established in the Bushman's Hill precinct. The Amphitheatre was created to celebrate the Wiradjuri Culture and is used as a meeting place," Cr Newton said.

The Garradyang Garden Official Opening was timely as it was held in line with NAIDOC week. The theme this year is 'Always Was, Always Will Be,' celebrating Australia's ancient history and traditions and cultures which endure to this day. Indeed the name 'Garradyang', which was nominated by the working group and endorsed by students from five local Parkes schools affiliated with the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, reflects the original Wiradjuri name for the Parkes region.

The garden opening included a traditional Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony conducted by Kevin Bloomfield.

Designed by local landscape designer, Elizabeth Briton, the garden showcases plants commonly used by the Wiradjuri people in their day to day life for food, medicine, tool making and other purposes. The design and choice of plants was overseen by a working group compromising local Wiradjuri residents and council staff passionate about raising awareness for Wiradjuri history and culture.

Key stakeholders in this project, and in attendance at the official opening, included students and teachers from the AECG schools. The students have been invited to take part in the ongoing planting and maintenance of the garden.

This project was a value-add component of The Recycled Water Scheme project that was part-funded by the Australian Government through the National Stronger Regions Fund.