Sustaining our environment

Project summaries - 2007 Protecting Our Places grants

2007 Protecting Our Places grants
OrganisationProject titleAmount $
3 Ways Community Landcare Group3 Ways working together to heal the environment and community

22,901

Birrigan Gargle Local Aboriginal Land CouncilBirrigan Gargle Wetland bush regeneration project

18,609

Bogal Local Aboriginal Land CouncilBush tucker regeneration garden

30,000

Booroongen Djugun Aboriginal CorporationTracking forward, leave no footprints

33,923

Bowraville Local Aboriginal Land CouncilBowraville mish community greening/clean space/native gardens

35,000

Culpra Milli Aboriginal CorporationLooking back, moving forward (Culpra cultural heritage program)

34,800

Djigay Centre of Excellence, Kempsey Campus, North Coast Institute of TAFEDunghutti Elders/Pandanus people protecting our places project

30,561

Galbaan Healing Our Environment Community GroupComplete environmental rehabilitation of Narwan Village

35,000

Kuriwa Aboriginal Education Consultative GroupWadalba Community School Indigenous education garden and walk

15,720

Merrimans Local Aboriginal Land CouncilCemetery Point restoration and King Merrimans grave restoration

30,000

Mungindi Local Aboriginal Land CouncilEstablish an Indigenous cultural garden on Indigenous land

35,000

Tweed Aboriginal Co-operative Society LimitedRestoration of significant Aboriginal land at Tweed historic site

34,672

United Githabul Tribal Nation Aboriginal CorporationBush regeneration on 4 kilometres of stream - Tooloom Falls declared Aboriginal place

32,500

Western Sydney Aboriginal Landcare GroupParramatta Park Aboriginal/Burramattagal landscape trail

30,674

Yaegl Local Aboriginal Land CouncilThorny Island - Yaegl bush regeneration project

19,760

Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre Aboriginal CorporationDeniliquin Flats land management project

24,020

Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre Aboriginal CorporationWaste management project for Moonacullah Box Forest

33,356

17 Projects

TOTAL

$496,496

3 Ways Community Landcare Group
3 Ways working together to heal the environment and community
Grant: $22,901

We wish to enhance our nature strips, vacant land areas and unused parkland areas by removing weeds and rubbish and revegetating with traditional medicine and tucker plants for teaching purposes and to bring a sense of value of environment back to the youth of the community and to help prevent environmental damage to the area. These works will allow us to engage and teach our young people and community members on the values of looking after the environment through natural resource management means and using the environment and plants to stay healthy and care for country.

Birrigan Gargle Local Aboriginal Land Council
Birrigan Gargle Wetland bush regeneration project
Grant: $18,609

A wetland owned by Birrigan Gargle Local Aboriginal Land Council, located at Carrs Drive, West Yamba and adjoining Oyster Channel and Lake Wooloweyah in the Clarence estuary, is in a degraded state. Weeds have been introduced into the wetland as dumped garden waste and garden escapes. Domestic rubbish has been dumped and damage by four wheel drives and motorcycles have caused erosion, sediment runoff and compaction. Weeds are competing with native vegetation on the edges and into the wetland. Removal of weeds and rubbish will encourage regeneration of native vegetation and rubbish removal will remove hazards.

Bogal Local Aboriginal Land Council
Bush tucker regeneration garden
Grant: $30,000

The Box Ridge bush restoration garden uses 4.3 hectares of land adjacent to the mission to restore this area of weed infested land and promote community involvement in caring for country through a bush tucker planting garden. This garden will use a men's team to do the weed eradication and a women's team that focuses on teaching the younger children in the community how to plant native bush foods and create an area that will benefit the whole community. This project is aimed at both rehabilitation on vacant land and at restoring a healthy natural environment whilst also promoting a healthy community actively involved in caring for country.

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Booroongen Djugun Aboriginal Corporation
Tracking forward, leave no footprints
Grant: $33,923

This project is to enable Booroongen Djugun Aboriginal Corporation (BDAC), a major local employer, to investigate its carbon footprint, find out whether it is possible to undertake onsite planting to achieve a reduction and or neutrality of its greenhouse emissions and if so, implement plantings to achieve this outcome. From these actions, BDAC will act as a demonstration site/catalyst for other Indigenous organisations to follow suit and achieve a reduction and or neutrality of their greenhouse emissions or move towards carbon trading.

Bowraville Local Aboriginal Land Council
Bowraville mish community greening/clean space/native gardens
Grant: $35,000

The Bowraville mish project will establish a greenhouse for the propagation of native plants and flowers. Establish native plants and trees around the established waterways and dams located on the mission land. Clear old council rubbish dump and plant/restore area as a 'compost area' for above plant propagation. Commence a community household rubbish removal of white goods and other heavy waste materials. Plant throughout the mission land native shrubs and trees. Clean dams for future potential aqua culture projects. Build walkways around current dam sites. Engage community as working partners in the project via current CDEP men's team.

Culpra Milli Aboriginal Corporation
Looking back, moving forward (Culpra cultural heritage program)
Grant: $34,800

Culpra station is situated on the Murray River between the townships of Euston and Wentworth. Culpra is approximately 16,393 hectares in size and was acquired by the Indigenous Land Corporation on behalf of the registered Aboriginal group Culpra Milli Aboriginal Corporation. The main objective of the Looking back, moving forward proposal is to develop a cultural landscape management plan and education resource for Culpra with the primary focus being mapping and recording of known cultural heritage and restoration through re-vegetation and stabilisation of culturally sensitive degraded areas.

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Djigay Centre of Excellence, Kempsey Campus, North Coast Institute of TAFE
Dunghutti Elders/Pandanus people protecting our places project
Grant: $30,561

The project will undertake to actively involve and include Aboriginal Elders and youth in developing a strategic approach to co-management of Dunghutti people's sites of significance. To use the process as a pilot program to develop the first steps in prioritising a system for implementation of environmental and cultural management practices. To link the project to improved educational employment outcomes. Learning by engaging in the process of change.

Galbaan Healing Our Environment Community Group
Complete environmental rehabilitation of Narwan Village
Grant: $35,000

This project will rehabilitate a degraded and contaminated site to convert the area into a wildlife refuge to link remnant vegetation and create an educational site for use by the Narwan Village Aboriginal Community, adjacent to the site and the wider community. Activities will include removal of concrete contamination, weed removal and vegetation with native grasses and 2500 native trees shrubs. A scar tree will be fenced off with interpretive signage. A booklet will be produced documenting the native species on the site.

Kuriwa Aboriginal Education Consultative Group
Wadalba Community School Indigenous education garden and walk
Grant: $15,720

Wadalba Community School is a state government school with a population of 1350 students of which there are 62 Indigenous students. Located in a rapidly growing and developing area, the Wadalba Community School Indigenous native education garden plans to recognise the original inhabitants of the land. It also plans to allow for Indigenous members of the local community to have direct input towards the shaping of the environment for future generations through consultation with the local Indigenous community in the design, construction and ongoing use of the garden.

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Merrimans Local Aboriginal Land Council
Cemetery Point restoration and King Merrimans grave restoration
Grant: $30,000

This project will fence and rehabilitate the Wallaga Lake Koori Village Cemetery which has been used since the 1850's. Markers will be erected on existing graves and additional sites will be prepared for future burials. Water supply will be connected to facilitate the maintenance of the grounds. Indigenous native plants will be planted to enhance the whole area. The project will fence and rehabilitate the area around King Merriman's grave and create a place of beauty and peace where the community can go for a quiet time.

Mungindi Local Aboriginal Land Council
Establish an Indigenous cultural garden on Indigenous land
Grant: $35,000

To clean up the mission with a weed eradication program and then establish walking trail in remembrance of our Elders who once lived there. Fence off the mission to keep feral animals and stock out. Rehabilitate the levee bank and establish a native garden with walking trails with interpretive signage to educate Indigenous and non-Indigenous people about native vegetation and the cultural value to our Aboriginal community.

Tweed Aboriginal Co-operative Society Limited
Restoration of significant Aboriginal land at Tweed historic site
Grant: $34,672

This project will implement a work plan prepared to control invasive environmental weeds within the Tweed historic site. Weeds have invaded significant Aboriginal cultural areas of the site within wetlands and forest adjacent to the museum and Bora ring. The works will be undertaken by local Aboriginal people and will include bush regeneration within the native vegetation, removal of rubbish dumpings on edges, replacement of aged interpretative and preparation and placement of new signage providing information on the significance of the vegetation and site to the local Aboriginal people.

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United Githabul Tribal Nation Aboriginal Corporation
Bush regeneration on 4 kilometres of stream - Tooloom Falls declared Aboriginal place
Grant: $32,500

Environmental and cultural heritage values of Tooloom Falls are degraded by infestation of small leaf privet and camphor laurel. Tooloom Falls is a highly significant declared Aboriginal site. Trained community members will undertake bush regeneration along 4 kilometres of Tooloom Creek to control the environmental weeds. This will build upon upstream riparian restoration works at the Mulli community. Two thousand local native seedlings will be planted to assist bank stabilisation and natural regeneration. Education signage and a field day at the Falls will inform visitors about Aboriginal land management and the cultural uses of native vegetation.

Western Sydney Aboriginal Landcare Group
Parramatta Park Aboriginal/Burramattagal landscape trail
Grant: $30,674

This project will help to protect, rehabilitate and interpret endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland and River Flat Forest at Domain Creek in Parramatta Park. An Aboriginal landscape trail will be created through weed control and the strategic planting of locally extinct or under represented species. This improved species diversity will augment the habitat available to fauna while demonstrating the vegetable food stuffs and sources of raw materials for traditional food collection and processing. Use of cost effective technologies such as web based podcasting and slide show will be used to expand opportunities to experience interpretation of the landscape and food trail.

Yaegl Local Aboriginal Land Council
Thorny Island - Yaegl bush regeneration project
Grant: $19,760

Thorny Island is located within the Clarence River estuary approximately 1 kilometre north of Yamba. The island has a range of introduced weeds. The project will remove domestic rubbish and clear weeds that have established throughout swamp oak and saltmarsh plant communities. Weed clearing will encourage regrowth of native grasses, trees, riparian, mangroves, wetland and saltmarsh species shrubs and vines. The work will improve the environmental condition of a large estuarine island that supports habitat for native fauna.

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Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre Aboriginal Corporation
Deniliquin Flats land management project
Grant: $24,020

This area of land is made up of both Crown land and land owned by the Deniliquin Local Aboriginal Land Council. It has been the location of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal camping from the late 1800's until the 1980's.This project will remove ground and woody weeds and establish regeneration of native plants.

Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre Aboriginal Corporation
Waste management project for Moonacullah Box Forest
Grant: $33,356

This project will remove rubbish, including household rubbish, metals and general rubbish, from the Moonacullah Box Forest Floodplain. The project will also establish a small waste depot and develop a waste management strategy to be incorporated into the Moonacullah Plan of Management.

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