Sustaining our environment

Project summaries - 2005 Protecting Our Places grants

2005 Protecting Our Places grants
OrganisationProject titleAmount $

Albury/Wodonga Aboriginal Corporation

Restoration of Mungabateena

34,856

Baryulgil Land Council

Baryulgil Square Creek restoration

18,920

Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Council

Shelley Beach - Nundera Point midden rehabilitation

34,620

Burrun Dalai OOHC and ESS

Yearning to learning

34,600

Cooramah Housing and Aboriginal Enterprise Corporation

Ngoorabul bush tucker nature walk

34,948

Jali Local Aboriginal Land Council

Ecological restoration and project management training and delivery

35,000

Jarara Indigenous Education Unit

A meeting place - bush tucker garden at Caroline Chisholm College

10,738

Koompahtoo Local Aboriginal Land Council

Aboriginal caring for country techniques stage 1

35,000

Leeton Local Aboriginal Land Council

Aboriginal people - caring for Wiradjuri country

19,776

Little Burning Mountain Aboriginal Corporation

Ngangadha garragu bilagalanggu - looking after the land and the rivers

30,000

Miimi Mothers Aboriginal Corporation

Guurulawgu Gamambi

35,000

Wiradjuri Wellington Aboriginal Town Committee

Wellington town common regeneration and restoration project

18,063

Wirrimbah Direct Descendents Aboriginal Corporation

Protection and rehabilitation of Terramunga Mine Reserve

23,600

13 projects

TOTAL

$365,121

Albury/Wodonga Aboriginal Corporation
Restoration of Mungabateena
Grant: $34,856

This project aims to initially manage a section of Mungabateena Reserve where stock has now been excluded and revegetate with 5,000 local indigenous plants to improve the wetland area, which will help improve and restore wildlife habitat. A plan has been drawn to develop wildlife corridors and protection of threatened species. Closure of tracks will see the tracks being repaired by revegetating and spraying. Slashing and mowing of weeds will allow native species to survive. Provide a canopy to assist with weed reduction.

Baryulgil Land Council
Baryulgil Square Creek restoration
Grant: $18,920

It is envisaged that initial works would include the implementation of low forms and rock stabilisation along the sides of Bulgilbar Creek. The second stage would include identifying and propagating grass and tree species (3,000 of each) to stabilise and minimise any further erosion issues. These plantings would also be designed to slow flows along Bulgilbar Creek and alluvial soils along it. The Baryulgil Elders have also stated that in past times when vegetation was present along the creek, there was a vast selection of fauna species present. During the third stage of the project a wildlife corridor will be opened along the creek allowing wildlife to return. Baryulgil Elders have also asked for a bush tucker education track be added so that they can pass on their knowledge of culture.

Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Council
Shelley Beach - Nundera Point midden rehabilitation
Grant: $34,620

This project will formalise an access track with minimal disturbance to existing dunes, vegetation and the Aboriginal midden/burial site, as well as closing off existing informal tracks that are presently damaging the midden. This will be achieved by fencing off the culturally sensitive areas of Nundera Point. The dune (midden) face itself will be protected from further blow out through a process of stabilisation and revegetation using native plants and brush. A viewing platform will also be constructed to reduce the necessity for access throughout the site.

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Burrun Dalai OOHC & ESS
Yearning to learning
Grant: $34,600

At our new school site we plan to build a Rainbow Serpent sculpture in a landscaped pond surrounded by native trees and bush tucker plants. This project will incorporate an outdoor classroom where Aboriginal Elders can teach students and the community about their culture. We hope to address the need stated by the representatives of the Dhunghatti people to link our surrounds with the river (theme) and to invite the parents, in particular the fathers and uncles who are recognised artists in our area to be actively involved in the project along with their sons and daughters. This project will contribute a significant cultural symbol to our local area and ensure the pride of ownership in our school and its environment.

Cooramah Housing and Aboriginal Enterprise Corporation
Ngoorabul bush tucker nature walk
Grant: $34,948

The project will feature specimens of bush tucker and bush medicine flora within the ground of Cooramah Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Glen Innes as an educational and ecotourism feature. The cultural centre represents the Ngoorabul people, the traditional owners of the local region and hosts an Aboriginal art gallery/museum/restaurant, office space and conference facilities. As an added feature within the established grounds of the cultural centre and in easily accessible surroundings the nature walk will provide a positive experience of the native environment and culture. It will make a difference to the environment by:

  1. providing a basis for awareness of and respect for native vegetation species and traditional Aboriginal practices of utilising them
  2. providing a linkage between local bushland remnants, which helps achieve the objectives established in the Glen Innes Urban Greening Plan.

Jali Local Aboriginal Land Council
Ecological restoration and project management training and delivery
Grant: $35,000

The Jali LALC will organise a work team in partnership with Bunjum Aboriginal Cooperative to be trained in all aspects of natural resource management. This team will be provided with the skills necessary to improve the natural environment on the island implementing a range of erosion control, weed management and regeneration techniques. WetlandCare Australia will be responsible for managing and organising appropriate training sessions and developing and delivering educational resources. The project will provide an educational and natural resource management training service aimed at improving community awareness, involvement and ownership of the project to improve environmental condition on the island. The project enhances the community's capacity to become involved in natural resource management and will strengthen existing partnerships, provide a framework to secure future funding and value add to the on-ground restoration works.

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Jarara Indigenous Education Unit
A meeting place - bush tucker garden at Caroline Chisholm College
Grant: $10,738

Our aim is to create a meeting place-bush tucker garden in partnership with Darug Elders, Muru Mittigar and Caroline Chisholm College students, parents and staff. The grant money is sought to fund purchase of materials (soils, plants, mulch, timber for retaining walls and some earthworks) and cover the costs of fundamental training from Aboriginal educationalists to run training days and direct the planning, building and development of educational material for the bush tucker garden. The drastic loss of the local plant community (Cumberland Plain Woodland) means that many students do not know about its ecological and cultural importance in our region. We aim to conserve our remnant patch and educate our students in the process.

Koompahtoo Local Aboriginal Land Council
Aboriginal caring for country techniques stage 1
Grant: $35,000

The project will restore and rehabilitate the degraded areas of the Lake Macquarie system on land owned by the Koompahtoo Land Council that borders the western side of Lake Macquarie. Members of Koompahtoo Landcare Group will restore and rehabilitate native riparian vegetation to alleviate erosion and run off.

Leeton Local Aboriginal Land Council
Aboriginal people - caring for Wiradjuri country
Grant: $19,776

The project will commence in two stages:

  1. Koonadan Aboriginale site/Tuckerbil
  2. Fivebough Wetlands - Budyaan Bimirra sites - connecting RAMSAR wetlands areas, both on the outskirts of Leeton.

Koonadan site will entail improvements and upgrade to the walking track, additional plantings, erect interpretive signage and education seating. The signs will include a story of the area explaining the connection of our Wiradjuri Aboriginal heritage and wetlands areas. These two sites have particular significance to local and regional Indigenous family clans. They provided to the Wiradjuri community an abundant food source in plant, fish and wildlife species. Both areas retained a balanced ecological system, in-sync with the needs of the Wiradjuri peoples. The restoration and educational aspects of these areas to the wider community will work to strengthen ongoing partnerships and cultural understanding.

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Little Burning Mountain Aboriginal Corporation
Ngangadha garragu bilagalanggu - looking after the land and the rivers
Grant: $30,000

The aim of this project is to clear the river of fallen trees and deadwood, revegetate the site with native plants, bush foods and traditional medicines, in addition to controlling soil erosion and the transport of soil and rocks to the area to stop further erosion of the riverbank. This project is fortunate enough to have people in its organisation who are specially skilled in horticulture, revegetation, fencing, weed control and have people licensed to operate heavy earth moving machinery who can provide services at minimal charge. By doing this we are confident that our efforts will result in a positive change to the environment surrounding the site.

Miimi Mothers Aboriginal Corporation
Guurulawgu Gamambi
Grant: $35,000

This project will:

  1. remove dumped rubbish (car bodies, etc)
  2. remove accumulated rubbish from identified burial site and walking trail
  3. remove and commence an eradication program of imported noxious plants/flora
  4. create access and a walking trail that is adjacent to an identified traditional walking trail
  5. plant native flora that is reflective of the Bowraville location
  6. sign-post and story boards of the walking trail will be erected along the trail
  7. plant native flora within the cemetery and plant natives on the access roads to cemetery
  8. build relative respite seating and reflective areas within the cemetery and secure with native plants.

Wiradjuri Wellington Aboriginal Town Committee
Wellington town common regeneration and restoration project
Grant: $18,063

This project will remove noxious weed species such as Bathurst burr and restrict stock from the banks of the Macquarie River.

Wirrimbah Direct Descendents Aboriginal Corporation
Protection and rehabilitation of Terramunga Mine Reserve
Grant: $23,600

Camping access will be formalised using bollards and chain, this will allow regeneration of native plant species as well as protecting the artefact scatters, weed trees will be removed and replaced with native riparian trees, bush tucker and medicine trees and shrubs will be planted, educational signage will be developed and installed and a walking track established to promote the educational messages being delivered. Educational activity will focus on bush tucker, bush medicine and pre-European usage (i.e. camping/artefacts). Planting will dramatically increase the areas habitat value increasing the biodiversity of the area, as well they will act to prevent erosion to the Macquarie River and thereby improving water quality. The removal of weed trees will improve in stream habitat and water quality both locally and downstream.

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Page last updated: 27 February 2011