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Project summaries - 2004 Protecting Our Places grants

2004 Protecting Our Places grants
OrganisationProject titleAmount $

Arakwal Aboriginal Corporation

Arakwal Cultural Centre restoration and education project

40,450

Ashford Local Aboriginal Land Council

ALALC habitat and vegetation restoration project

9,580

Dorrodong Association Inc

Dorrodong rainforest rehabilitation and storytelling walk-way

44,800

Forster Campus Aboriginal Student Support Parent Awareness Committee

Great Lakes Aboriginal plant trail

44,573

Guringai Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group

Aboriginal cultural revival: connecting with and restoring Billarong

44,850

Hay Local Aboriginal Land Council

Hay LALC site protection project

39,040

Mrangalli Aboriginal Corporation

Restoring the balance - biodiversity in Tingha

10,404

Mungindi Local Aboriginal Land Council

Boomi River midden site cultural protection project

14,048

Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council

NLALC cultural and heritage natural resource environment management

33,600

Second Headland Indigenous Landcare Group

Extending care: community bush rehabilitation at Second Headland

25,315

Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council

Restoration of significant Aboriginal land at Fingal Peninsula

44,524

Warada Aboriginal Landcare Group

Restoring land, restoring culture

20,020

Western Sydney Aboriginal Landcare Group

Koories caring for Ropes Creek

27,247

Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre Aboriginal Corporation

North Deniliquin State Forest land management project

43,242

Yass Valley Indigenous Consultative Committee

Wallaboola interpretive trail

37,420

15 projects

TOTAL

$479,113

Arakwal Aboriginal Corporation
Arakwal Cultural Centre restoration and education project
Grant: $40,450

The Byron Bay Arakwal people will carry out bush regeneration work on the site with assistance from NPWS and the Cape Byron Trust. Seeds of local indigenous plant species will be collected and propagated, and the resulting plant stock will be used to assist natural regeneration in areas of low resilience. Culturally valued indigenous species including bush tucker plants will be restored as part of the regeneration process. Weeds will be replaced by structurally and floristically diverse native vegetation and the integrity of adjoining intact vegetation remnants will be enhanced. Enhancement of the natural and cultural values of the site will be integral to the establishment of the Arakwal Cultural Centre. The Byron Bay Arakwal people will incorporate information gathered during the project into their cultural renewal and cultural tourism programs, raising awareness of the importance of natural and cultural conservation.

Ashford Local Aboriginal Land Council
ALALC habitat and vegetation restoration project
Grant: $9,580

This project involves the planting of species indigenous to the area and to improve the condition of remnant vegetation by the removal of woody weed species (honey locust, sweet briar and tree of heaven). The aim of this plan is to increase the habitat value of the area for native flora and fauna and improve water quality. This project will provide an array of environmental benefits including an increase in the extent and condition of native vegetation in land units of the catchment, which have been over-cleared for agriculture.

Dorrodong Association Inc
Dorrodong rainforest rehabilitation and storytelling walk-way
Grant: $44,800

Due to the long-term use of the land for extensive grazing the natural balance of soil flora has changed, inhibiting the reclamation of the land by the forest. This project will educate the community, through both white and black understanding, to find the best way to rehabilitate the land. The education process will include two parts. The first is training and self-education of the landowners in how this land was originally managed, how it has changed and been affected by recent management practices and how it can be returned back to its natural state. Documentation and monitoring will be developed as the project is undertaken to ensure all the learning about the rehabilitation process can be captured. This will include photographic checkpoints so that changes to the land over time can be monitored. This adds to the training opportunities by providing more visual training opportunities for people visiting the site.

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Forster Campus Aboriginal Student Support Parent Awareness Committee
Great Lakes Aboriginal plant trail
Grant: $44,573

Through the planting of local indigenous plants, bush tucker plants, medicinal plants and plants of significance to the local Aboriginal people and the installation of a serpent pathway, participants, including students and parents, will be engaged in Aboriginal cultural experience and awareness. Interpretive signage developed by artist from local Aboriginal community and students will be installed to aid visitors in identifying plants and understanding of their significance to the Aboriginal people. This project will also aid in the enhancement of a corridor between Booti Booti National Park and remnants of vegetation in and around Forster.

Guringai Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group
Aboriginal cultural revival: connecting with and restoring Billarong
Grant: $44,850

Weeds will be removed, building on existing work by volunteers. Habitat for native animals will be enhanced through appropriate weed removal and replacement/regeneration with local native plants. Interpretative signage will foster the on going opportunities for connecting to the land in general and this reserve in particular, resulting in an increased number of people coming together to care for it. Interpretative signage and on going guided walks and talks will provide a learning arena for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to connect with each other and with the environment.

Hay Local Aboriginal Land Council
Hay LALC site protection project
Grant: $39,040

This project will erect infrastructure to protect fragile burial remains, which have become exposed in the recent drought and are now subject to wind erosion and loss of topsoil. Reseeding and wind break measures will allow the site to regenerate, and given the removal of stock in December 2002 and the declaration as an Indigenous Protected Area in March 2004, will ensure that similar damage does not occur in the future.

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Mrangalli Aboriginal Corporation
Restoring the balance - biodiversity in Tingha
Grant: $10,404

This project will rehabilitate a degraded area of land adjacent to the township of Tingha. In partnership with the Department of Mines, the project will see eroded lands restored to a stable and ecologically diverse wetland area. Steep eroding slopes will be ameliorated by the Department of Mines. The proposal is to firstly fence the site to protect it from grazing animals and then to revegetate the site with endemic plant species. This will change the site from an actively eroding bare landscape to a biologically diverse wetland ecosystem. Catchment benefits will include a decrease in sediment and nutrient entering the Copes Creek and Copeton Dam downstream.

Mungindi Local Aboriginal Land Council
Boomi River midden site cultural protection project
Grant: $14,048

This project will ensure the maintenance of a midden site on the Boomi River that has significant cultural and heritage values for the traditional owners of the area (Kamilaroi language group). The project will consist of a joint agreement between representatives of the local Aboriginal community and the landowner to restore, protect and maintain the midden site by way of erecting fences, stabilising the riverbank, removing problem weeds, and establishing native/endemic plants.

Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council
NLALC cultural and heritage natural resource environment management
Grant: $33,600

The project will utilise accredited training in Indigenous land management for 10 Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) workers and 5 community members to rehabilitate the sites known as Cubawee and Gundurimba. Cubawee is a place of significance as the old Aboriginal reserve and is important to past and present generations. Gundurimba is identified land surrounding an existing residential area (Aboriginal mission). The project will provide weed control, reafforestation, bush regeneration with bush foods and medicine and land management of the sites.

Management of the sites will be undertaken by the course participants and on going maintenance will be provided by the CDEP team. The sites are cleared from land use activities and the project will restore vegetation, which will reintroduce flora and fauna to the areas.

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Second Headland Indigenous Landcare Group
Extending care: community bush rehabilitation at Second Headland
Grant: $25,315

Members of the Second Headland Indigenous Landcare Group have undertaken training in bush regeneration and chemical use under a previous Protecting Our Places grant as well as undertaking a pilot weed control project. This project will extend bush regeneration activities to new sites within the overall area identified during the previous project; replant target areas, which have poor native plant recruitment (primarily beach frontal dune systems) with locally sourced native endemic species; and provide resources for other community members to become trained and actively involved in the project. The project will further reduce areas infested with weeds and restore native vegetation to exposed frontal dune systems.

Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council
Restoration of significant Aboriginal land at Fingal Peninsula
Grant: $44,524

This project will, firstly restrict uncontrolled access by placing timber fencing, bollards and gates, which will ensure that other proposed works, particularly weed control, will not be impacted. It will also remove all dumped rubbish including car bodies, household rubbish and garden weeds from both sites, which will enable the native vegetation to improve, expand and not be further impacted upon. Controlling of invasive environmental weeds including bitou bush, lantana, exotic grasses, asparagus fern and bryophllums is a feature of this project. The project will also prepare a brochure on the value of the peninsula to the Aboriginal people by using information signs and two, one day workshops for the local community within Tweed Shire will take place.

Warada Aboriginal Landcare Group
Restoring land, restoring culture
Grant: $20,020

This project will build a cultural trail throughout the identified area. Along the trail there will be education points that will provide information about Aboriginal culture, the environment, the importance of land and traditional life styles. There will be a meeting place that will allow groups to sit and review what they learnt on the trail and also for the delivery of more formal education on both cultural and environmental issues. The cultural trail will be surrounded by native plants that are indigenous to the area and utilised by Aboriginal people in all aspects of traditional life. This will ensure a greater awareness and understanding of Aboriginal land and land that is culturally significant to Aboriginal people.

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Western Sydney Aboriginal Landcare Group
Koories caring for Ropes Creek
Grant: $27,247

The Western Sydney Aboriginal Landcare Group commenced weed control and regeneration work in the Deptartment Infrastructure Planning and Natural Resources owned riparian zone of Ropes Creek in August 2003. However there is little awareness of their work in the local community and vandalism is a problem. To address this the Landcare group will extend their work to a new area adjacent to the current site, where there is the opportunity to use Aboriginal art as a tool for environmental education combining traditional and contemporary Aboriginal styles using an existing wall. Environmental improvements will also be undertaken in the new area through on ground restoration works - including weed control, native plant propagation and strategic revegetation. This will address habitat improvement and soil stability and also reduce vandalism. The project will increase community awareness of the area's environmental qualities and the importance of Aboriginal connection to land.

Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre Aboriginal Corporation
North Deniliquin State Forest land management project
Grant: $43,242

This project will conduct an environmental review of the forest, identify vegetation types and growing conditions, remove weeds, implement planting and develop a monitoring program. This program will also rehabilitate an important forest area with particular emphasis on bush tucker and medicine plants.

Yass Valley Indigenous Consultative Committee
Wallaboola interpretive trail
Grant: $37,420

This project is an important and innovative community project. It is an initiative of the Elders in the Indigenous Consultative Committee in Yass, so they have a forum where they can tell their stories which celebrate their history in an open and beautiful environment. These stories will be preserved and will be able to be retold. The trail will be a forum that encourages members of the Indigenous community and non-Indigenous community to learn about an ancient culture in and ancient land and the continuing history of the Wallabalooa people within the landscape.

Traditional learning methods limit the exposure people have to the information about the Wallabalooa culture. The interpretative trail will provide a wonderful opportunity to publicly display this information and share it to all who visit the park.

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Page last updated: 27 February 2011