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Interviews with the team!

We thought you'd love to get to know some of our team a bit better. We posed them five questions - below are their responses!

Samara Billy

Why do you like living in the bush in Minyerri?

Because my family is here and I grew up here. This is my home town.

Why do you like working on the gulbarn tea business?

Because it is good to teach other people about our bush medicines. And I like working with the ELP people. They teach us things and we have a fun time.  

If you could have one wish, what would it be?
For the old people who are still living here to teach cultural things to the young people. For that to happen again would be good.

What do you hope for Gulbarn in future?

It would be nice to have a gulbarn gift pack, with soap, tea, lotion, a chest/cough rub. To see gulbarn business keep going and hope to see more people get involved.

 If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why would you like to meet them?

Bon Jovi. Because he is the best singer and I like how he dresses. I like his tight black jeans with rips in them.

Agnes Wilfred

Why do you like living in the bush in Minyerri?

Because it’s our home. Good community when you live in the bush are. That’s where you find peace.

Why do you like working on the gulbarn tea business?

Because we wanted to put our medicines out there that we know from our grandparents and our parents. It’s the healing medicine.

 If you could have one wish, what would it be?

I would really like to go see the Hillsong church. I bought every record of them. I can’t stop buying them!

What do you hope for Gulbarn in future? For the business grow and get more workers. It would be great to see more people to get interested and involved.

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why would you like to meet them?
Jimmy Barnes. Because he’s a working class man.

 Karen Wilfred

Why do you like living in the bush in Minyerri? You don’t hear lots of planes or jets.  It’s kinda quiet and you can get to go out to your traditional  places. You get to see them often and you get to go fishing lots. I also like working  in the art centre where there is really interesting things you can do.

Why do you like working on the gulbarn tea business?  Because I have my whole family there. My sisters, my niece. There’s not enough people doing bush medicines so it’s good that we are sharing our medicines.  

If you could have one wish, what would it be? I like doing translating. I would like to do a story in our language Alawa.  

What do you hope for Gulbarn in future?

Make a big gulbarn farm, close to the town. That would be good!  

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why would you like to meet them?

John Farnham. Because he was my favourite singer in my school days.

Naomi Wilfred


Why do you like living in the bush in Minyerri?
Because it is Home sweet home. You are free to do anything. And my mum and dad lived here and they are buried here. That’s why I can’t go anywhere.  

Why do you like working on the gulbarn tea business?

Because I grew up learning about gulbarn for healing when I was young. I know it can make you stand up strong again. It is a powerful bush medicine.

If you could have one wish, what would it be? I wish to have my birthday party with all my family. I have never had a birthday party in all my life.

What do you hope for Gulbarn in future?

I hope for gulbarn to grow more and to stay alive. It wold be good to see it keep going.  

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why would you like to meet them?

All my old government department friends. And linguists. It would be nice to see them.

 

Gulbarn features in a story in The Age as part of a profile on Attica's suppliers and producers

Full article can be found here.

We especially loved this bit:

Shewry now serves Gulbarn Tea at the restaurant, and is looking into ways to incorporate it on the food menu. You can hear the excitement in his voice when he talks about it. "It's the most beautiful thing," he says. "They're harvesting it by hand. It's very light, very mellow, floral, soothing. It makes me feel good to drink."

Gulbarn in the media!

ABC TV (23/12/2015)
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ABC NEWS (20/12/2015)

Traditional bush medicine finds new life as Gulbarn tea

In the remote Roper region of the Northern Territory, the chance snapping of a branch has had incredible ripple effects for the community who live there.
 
Read the full article (by Stephanie Zillman ABC Darwin)
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KATHERINE TIMES (11/06/2015)