Banbai country, including Tarriwa Kurrukun and Wattleridge traditionally provided significant bush tucker resources to the Banbai people. Examples include:

  • Plants: Five Star Mookrum; Gee Bungs; Goodums; Kukra; Medicine Plants
  • Animals: Brush Tailed Possum; Ring Tail Possum; Sugar Tail Gliders; Western Grey Kangaroo; Wombat Berry; Wood Grub; Wood ducks; Turtles (other than Bells), Cod; Crayfish; Eels

In particular, animals such as Eastern Grey Kangaroos are characteristic fauna of open woodlands the IPAs (Kennedy 2010 and 2012) and are still found on the IPAs. Sugar Gliders were recorded in small numbers on the Wattleridge IPA (Kennedy 2012)

Ringtail Possums were abundant in open forests with large numbers of hollow bearing trees providing nest sites for this species (Kennedy 2012). Brush-tail Possums occurred in moderate abundance in open forests and woodlands and on granite outcrops (Kennedy 2012).

The wetlands and waterways that that occur on the properties were and are also important sources of bush tucker. These areas are likely to contain a number of bush food and medicine plants as well as being a habitat for birds, reptiles and animals (Crew et al 2009:29).

Although no longer critical to day-to-day survival for Banbai people, maintaining bush tucker provides an important way to ensure country is healthy and retain an important cultural connection to country.

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