This proud strong tree represents Wurundjeri country – ‘Wurrun’ meaning the manna gumtree, and ‘djeri’ – the witchetty grub that lives in the tree. The roots stretch far beneath the earth pushing growth and further development. Though they are unseen, the roots are the foundation of the tree and all are needed, without one – there is no balance. The trunk of the tree is stable and solid, it bears the markings of a powerful shield which represents strength and resilience. The wide canopy of leaves represents a nurturing and inclusive environment, even the smallest leaf has a role to play in the tree. Every leaf is valued and respected. The white gathering circles in the sky represent connection to community and a shared focus to stand tall like the tree.
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