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Project summaries - 2010 Protecting Our Places grants

2010 Protecting Our Places grants
OrganisationProject titleAmount $
Bahtahbah Local Aboriginal Land CouncilPinny Beach restoration, conservation and education project


Brewarrina Business CentreBrewarrina fishtraps and surrounds pathways


Cobar and Western Region Enterprise Development Inc.Murdi Paaki job compact bush nursery project


D'harawal Traditional Descendants and Knowledgeholders CircleMangami: D'harawal plants and their uses


Illawarra Aboriginal CorporationBush medicine plants in the Illawarra


Jerrinja Local Aboriginal Land CouncilProtecting and understanding the cultural landscape


Merana Aboriginal Community Association for the Hawkesbury Inc.Yellomundee Aboriginal Bushcare Group


Merrimans Local Aboriginal Land CouncilWallaga Lake - reclaiming country


Uambi Aboriginal CorporationUambi youth and community centre development: stage 2 community garden


Waagan Waagan Project GroupYindyamarra restoration project


Winangakirri Aboriginal CorporationNative plant propagation and revegetation at Mawonga


Wiradjuri Wellington Aboriginal Town Common Corporation

Wellington Wiradjuri River restoration


12 projects



Bahtahbah Local Aboriginal Land Council
Pinny Beach restoration, conservation and education project

The Pinny Beach restoration, conservation and education project aims to control weeds of national significance, including bitou bush and lantana, whilst ensuring the conservation of the Pinny Beach midden and burial site by installing erosion controls, restricting vehicle access and encouraging native plant regeneration. The project also aims to educate the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community about the natural and cultural values of Pinny Beach and the surrounding landscape through activities run in conjunction with the National Parks and Wildlife Service Discovery Program. The project will provide training and employment for Aboriginal people in the area of conservation and land management.

Brewarrina Business Centre
Brewarrina fishtraps and surrounds pathways

This project will control tourist traffic along the river edge adjacent to the Brewarrina fishtraps so as to conserve and protect the fishtraps (both within the riverbed and below the riverbank) and the surrounding native vegetation. Also allowing good viewing of the fishtraps so that visiting people, both Indigenous and non Indigenous can be educated about the cultural significance of the fishtraps not only for Brewarrina, but also the region and Australian Indigenous history.

Cobar and Western Region Enterprise Development Inc.
Murdi Paaki job compact bush nursery project

This project is currently being reframed; a new description will be posted as soon as possible.

D'harawal Traditional Descendants and Knowledgeholders Circle
Mangami: D'harawal plants and their uses

The Mangami: D'harawal plants and their uses project will use D'harawal knowledge about local plants in a way that encourages people to grow and plant endemic species. Key audiences will be Aboriginal land councils, local councils, community nurseries and gardens, local schools (220 in local region) and enthusiastic gardeners. The primary objective is to educate people (Aboriginal and non Aboriginal) about plants and their uses most suited to D'harawal land and to increase planting of endemic species in local gardens in D'harawal country. This will benefit not only plants, but also native animals and the regional natural environment.

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Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation
Bush medicine plants in the Illawarra

The project will prepare 900 copies of the book, 'Bush medicine plants of the Illawarra' that will deal with local plants and their medicinal uses by the traditional people in the Illawarra region. The bush medicine book will be supported by 40 copies of a teacher's guide which will help teachers use the book as an education resource. The project will also coordinate the planting of 1000 native plants per year, for 2011 and 2012, in areas judged needed by Shellharbour Council. We will achieve these goals by building a partnership of the Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation with Landcare Illawarra, Warrigal Employment, Southern Rivers CMA, Shellharbour City Council, Blackbutt Bushcare volunteers and local schools in the Shellharbour local government area. The planting events will take place in 2011 and 2012 as part of Planet Ark's National Tree Day. 'Bush medicine plants of the Illawarra' book will be introduced and distributed to schools and community at 2 hour workshops, in 2011 and 2012, conducted at the Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation, Wollongong.

Jerrinja Local Aboriginal Land Council
Protecting and understanding the cultural landscape

The Jerrinja Local Aboriginal Land Council via funding from the Environmental Trust's Protecting Our Places program engages members of its broader Aboriginal community in the rehabilitation and conservation of culturally significant lands. The project will reduce critical threats impacting on the culturally important natural resources and in turn provide for the preservation of natural and cultural assets. An Aboriginal natural resource management work crew will be developed and be supported in partnership by local and regional government agencies to carry out a strategic and coordinated works program. Complimenting the on grounds works will be the development of awareness raising written products to promote an increase public understanding of the Aboriginal cultural connection to the landscape.

Merana Aboriginal Community Association for the Hawkesbury Inc.
Yellomundee Aboriginal Bushcare Group

Ongoing community development and education through healing and caring for country. We aim to provide this through offering support, training and cultural awareness. Our aim is to continue to share skills among the community which include bush regeneration, mentoring and role modelling while establishing a gathering place which will enhance cultural identity and future employment opportunities. The process involves a healthy practical approach to community wellbeing and getting back on country as everyone will have an opportunity to participate and contribute as they feel comfortable. The group is not exclusive to Darug peoples and is open to any interested Aboriginal person.

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Merrimans Local Aboriginal Land Council
Wallaga Lake - reclaiming country

The Merrimans Local Aboriginal Land Council have recently implemented a management plan to deal with widespread deposits of asbestos across their community. This plan included the removal of significant exposed deposits, education of the community and the closure of old illegal dump sites located on Aboriginal land. This project is focussed on the rehabilitation of the dump sites, located at the entrance to the community and their restoration from tip, to single track fire trail. This work will be combined with Certificate 2-3 in Horticulture, and Conservation and Land Management to ensure workers can improve their chances of future work in the field.

Uambi Aboriginal Corporation
Uambi youth and community centre development: stage 2 community garden

The community garden is stage two of developing Uambi into a youth and community centre and a Landcare group. We will be running a specific TAFE course for at-risk students at the school who will do a horticultural course designed around local native plants. We will also engage community members in another horticultural course which is specifically designed around local native plants. We are determined to promote community involvement, awareness and pride in Aboriginal culture within the community, especially young people, who are disengaged from school and society. We are endeavouring to challenge anti-social behaviours with education about the local environment and especially the natural environment. We aim to increase skills and increase self-esteem through productive endeavours by incorporating a TAFE course which will give participants a certificate on completion, adding to their resumes.

Waagan Waagan Project Group
Yindyamarra restoration project

Yindamarra (respect and honour) and Bald Hill are sites of significant environmental, educational and cultural value. This project will regenerate eight hectares using sustainable land management practices. Four employed Aboriginal people will work alongside volunteers, students and staff to undertake the following restoration activities:

  1. Remove weeds and establish the native grasses, trees and shrubs back to pre-European vegetation in order to colonise the weed spectrum. A seasonal management strategy will alter the vegetation so native species can 'out-compete' seeds from neighbouring farms.
  2. Establish minimal impact gravel walkways at both sites.
  3. Install three educational signs to promote biodiversity and education for sustainability.

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Winangakirri Aboriginal Corporation
Native plant propagation and revegetation at Mawonga

The two year project aims to identify and select suitable degraded areas on Mawonga Station for soil erosion mitigation works, exotic weed eradication and native plant revegetation works. This will be achieved through participants undertaking specific skill sets of the Certificate III in Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management nationally accredited courses. The subjects relate directly to physical works and include native plant identification and recognition, seed harvesting, plant propagation, exotic weed species identification and eradication techniques. Participants will also learn basic soil erosion mitigation measures and native plant natural regeneration monitoring techniques. Completion of these skill sets will then enable twenty participants to undertake physical works on Mawonga. It is envisaged that this program will present real enterprise and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people.

Wiradjuri Wellington Aboriginal Town Common Corporation
Wellington Wiradjuri River restoration

The Wellington Wiradjuri River restoration project will restore riparian vegetation and remove aquatic weeds which have built up in the river due to the prolonged drought. This will enhance habitat for endangered species such as the platypus and Murray cod. It will also target Bathurst burr removal as recent rains have caused another outbreak due to the long term seedbank that had built up during the eighty year use of the Common for cattle agistment. This is critical follow-up work from our last Protecting Our Places grant. We will work with adjacent landholders who have expressed an interest in doing similar activities, promoting our natural regenerator team's experience and expertise and cultural heritage knowledge to adjacent landholders.

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Page last updated: 27 February 2011