On Wednesday at the Grand Hotel in Wollongong I met Andrew Nye, a Yuin elder, about whom see Indigenous communities fight for traditional fishing practices to be recognised. There were several people there and conversation was brief, but enough to be very impressed. As he left I said I hoped we would meet again and he agreed that would be good. So we’ll see. For sure he would be well worth much longer chats.
There’s a feeling I have had on just a few occasions, and this meeting was another case. It was a sense of spiritual connection. I can’t find a better way to put it. As when Kristina Nehm used to introduce me as “family” for example. See also Family history and mystery–the Indigenous connection.
Also on last night’s local news I saw this story: Celebrity chef Mark Olive launches Wollongong pop-up restaurant. In Harbour Street, I believe, so probably near Steelers. Must mention it to Chris T today when we have lunch at Samaras.
Black Olive on Harbour Street will blend native bush ingredients, sourced locally, with the region’s finest produce to offer foodies a uniquely Australian dining experience.
The pop-up restaurant highlights Olive’s desire to promote native foods and Aboriginal tourism within the Illawarra.
The initiative builds on the latest series of his TV show On Country Kitchen which showcases the culinary delights of the South Coast.
Bundjalung man Olive said Black Olive will champion locally sourced produce such as Warrigal greens and roasted wattle seeds.