Sustaining our environment

Project summaries - 2011 Protecting Our Places grants

Updated 7 November 2011

2011 Protecting Our Places grants
OrganisationProject titleAmount $

Ashford Local Aboriginal Land Council

3 Sisters - protection through fencing

$35,000

Banyam/Baigham Landcare Group

Banyam/Baigham restoration and cultural awareness project

$35,000

Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Council

Restoration and rehabilitation of Hanging Rock Creek

$33,283

Black Magic Aboriginal Corporation

Kinchela environment warriors: Hat Head Dunes

$34,900

Boolarng Nangamai Aboriginal Corporation

Development of Gurrungutch dreaming educational and cultural circuit

$30,800

Coffs Harbour and District Local Aboriginal Land Council

Coffs Creek restoration and interpretive bush tucker trail

$24,922

Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council

Continuing the work at Tree on Rock

$31,460

John Cook Foundation (Numbahjing Elders Group)

East Ballina indigenous heritage site restoration and public education

$17,850

Mogo Local Aboriginal Land Council

Bringing Mogo Creek back to life: its restoration and rehabilitation

$35,000

Moyengully Natural Resource Management Group

Welby Weir: weed eradication and bush regeneration

$31,000

Peak Hill Aboriginal Landcare Group

Bulgandramine Mission restoration and re-vegetation

$34,873

SnowyWS Bila Bunyips Environmental Work Team

Mount Norton - weed control program

$30,000

3rd Space Mob Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation

Gumbaynggirr ways of learning

$35,000

Thungutti Local Aboriginal Land Council

Weed control and restoration work at Bellbrook LALC

$34,715

Warrabinga Native Title Claimants Aboriginal Corporation Pty Ltd

Raising cultural and environmental awareness at Ganguddy

$24,636

West Wyalong Local Aboriginal Land Council

Cultural aquatic values education and training (CAVEaT)

$32,578

 16 Projects

 TOTAL

 $501,017

Ashford Local Aboriginal Land Council
3 Sisters - protection through fencing
$35,000

This project will protect and rehabilitate approximately 156 acres of land between Ashford and Inverell that is of Aboriginal cultural significance and of high conservation value. Its objectives are:

  • to stop illegal removal/cutting of remnant native vegetation
  • to prevent illegal hunting of native animals
  • to enable natural regeneration of native vegetation, and
  • create awareness of the environmental and cultural importance of this area.

Banyam/Baigham Landcare Group
Banyam/Baigham restoration and cultural awareness project
$35,000

Banyam/Baigham Landcare group developed from the Slaters Creek 'Reconnecting to Country' working group in 2010. Slaters Creek and surrounding land has been identified by community members as an area of great Aboriginal cultural significance with good potential for rehabilitation. Lismore City Council has purchased 14 lots and is establishing landholder agreements creating a large tract of open space - Banyam/Baigham Park. The project involves revegetation and building of an interpretive walkway.  The site contains high conservation value riparian vegetation and threatened species have been located in close proximity to the creek. Weeds such as cockspur coral tree and camphor laurel threaten the site. The project aims to restore and rehabilitate riparian vegetation, freshwater wetland and floodplain forest, develop landcare group skills in environmental restoration by working with professional bush regenerators, increase community awareness, knowledge and skills in natural resource management and Aboriginal cultural practices and provide a connection for people back to the land.

Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Council
Restoration and rehabilitation of Hanging Rock Creek
$33,283

Hanging Rock Creek is a prominent stream in desperate need of protection from current/imminent developments including ongoing human impact. Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Council will undertake works to improve flows and restore and regenerate native flora and fauna over a period of three years, while concurrently educating the community through interpretive signage to provide both environmental and historical information to increase awareness. The creek runs through one of twelve identified 'Special Places' (Eurobodalla Shire Council Heritage Study 2009). It is an important part of the heritage of the Walbanja people and appropriate for them to lead the restoration and ongoing care.

Black Magic Aboriginal Corporation
Kinchela environment warriors: Hat Head Dunes
$34,900

The project will engage Kinchela Primary School students from both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal backgrounds in an environmental rehabilitation project at Hat Head Dunes. This includes removal of weeds of national significance and assisting with dune restoration and management. The program utilises a strong partnership model between Dunghutti and Gumbaynggirr elders and local environmental organisations including Hat Head Dune Care. Students will learn about Aboriginal knowledge of land care and management issues and will be complimented with an environmental science approach. This will not only create tangible environmental outcomes for the Hat Head Dunes and learning outcomes for the student of Kinchela Primary School, but will also have reciprocal learning outcomes for the partners involved and will strengthen the understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal knowledge and experience in environmental landcare issues in the region.

Boolarng Nangamai Aboriginal Corporation
Development of Gurrungutch dreaming educational and cultural circuit
$30,800

All three aspects of this project will add to the Aboriginal art, story and native paintings, already established at the site over the five years since its inception.  The project will:

  • complete the bush regeneration of the site
  • design and install signage indicating native plants culturally significant to local Aboriginal people, and
  • produce a pamphlet to be used as a self-guided educational walk around the site, entitled Walkabout the Gurrungutch Dreaming Educational and Cultural Circuit: Little Blowhole Landcare Kiama.

A partnership between Boolarng Nangamai and the Little Blowhole Landcare Group over the past five years has aimed at educating the community about the benefits to human beings of restoring the balance between nature and humans through the vehicle of indigenous cultural wisdom developed over thousand of years, which is still alive and even more relevant to society today.

Coffs Harbour and District Local Aboriginal Land Council
Coffs Creek restoration and interpretive bush tucker trail
$24,922

Coffs Creek is a culturally sensitive area of high significance. It is an important Aboriginal cultural gathering location, providing a travel route to the back estuarine environs, as evidenced by Aboriginal sites throughout the area, as well as providing food/medicine resources and fauna habitat. The project will utilise local Aboriginal people to undertake weed control/bush regeneration throughout the site. This will improve the resilience of the site and its habitat value. The project will establish a bush tucker trail that the general public can physically engage with. This will influence the Aboriginal people and educate the wider community on Aboriginal use of plants for food, medicine and other traditional uses. The trail will connect with the Coffs Creek walkway/cycleway, a highly used prominent visitor facility within Coffs Harbour. The project will add value to the walkway, encouraging the community to engage in a healthy lifestyle and experience local Aboriginal heritage.

Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council
Continuing the work at Tree on Rock
$31,460

Area surrounding the 'Tree on Rock' is of significant Aboriginal cultural value. The bushland requires support to control the threat of lantana and other exotic species. Areas of regeneration will be established, maintained and nurtured throughout the project. An Aboriginal field team will utilise skills in site assessment, plant identification, weed removal, erosion control and vegetation maintenance. Weeds will be treated and re-treated to reduce their presence by more than 80 percent. Established vegetation will be maintained and eroded areas stabilised. Drainage structures will be restored and monitored. Vehicle access will be controlled by the installation of a gate and fencing.

John Cook Foundation (Numbahjing Elders Group)
East Ballina indigenous heritage site restoration and public education
$17,850

This project will restore a 4.2 hectare plot of East Ballina Crown land plus a 2.2 hectare buffer zone - which has already been gazetted (2007) for Indigenous Heritage and Environmental Conservation - to an almost weed-free condition, restoring it to something like the condition it might have been in when once occupied by Bundjalung people 150 years ago. During the project Indigenous volunteers will work alongside non-Indigenous landcarers in monthly working bees learning skills and imparting traditional knowledge. It will also educate the diverse Indigenous community of Ballina, plus the non-Indigenous Ballina community, by developing an educational resource that will give, for the first time, public recognition of the long history of Indigenous occupation of the Ballina coast and the intimate Indigenous connection to this particular environment.

Mogo Local Aboriginal Land Council
Bringing Mogo Creek back to life: its restoration and rehabilitation
$35,000

The environmental component of the project will be conducted in two ways. One avenue is to control invasive pest species, by treating environmental and weeds of national significance in the area surrounding the creek. The other avenue is the planting of native tube stock that will increase the biodiversity of the area as well as bolstering the amount of riparian vegetation along the creek. These plantings will also assist in the soil stabilisation of the riparian zone along the creek. The plants chosen for the revegetation part of the project will be of cultural significance. These are to be bush medicine and bush tucker plant species that will be in the species list chosen for the plantings. Signs or a brochure identifying the species of plants and their significance, highlights of where and by whom the project is being conducted, will be displayed to raise community awareness of the importance of the area and the project. An educational component of the project is envisaged with some interpretive signage being installed to educate the wider and general community to the significance of the creek from a cultural heritage and environmental perspective.

Moyengully Natural Resource Management Group
Welby Weir: weed eradication and bush regeneration
$31,000

Moyengully's overall aim is to clean up using weed eradication, bush regeneration techniques and removal of rubbish and dead wood in a culturally significant area, in an attempt to use the area for future educational use, to broaden local indigenous people and non-Indigenous school children’s knowledge of the local plants, medicines and traditions of the Gundungurra Nation in the Wingecarribee Shire Council area. The immediate area will also be used by local Indigenous groups to help secure future employment ventures through guided tours, bush tucker talks, and training programs supervised by and run through Moyengully and local Aboriginal organisations.

Peak Hill Aboriginal Landcare Group
Bulgandramine Mission restoration and re-vegetation
$34,873

Bulgandramine Mission is significant to the Peak Hill Aboriginal community. The initial huts have long gone but a shed with kitchen and toilet facilities was built in the last several years. The area is overgrown with weeds including boxthorn and galvanised burr making the area largely inaccessible. We would like to control those weeds and encourage native grasses to regenerate so that the area can be utilised as a meeting place for the Peak Hill Aboriginal community. This would provide the community with better access and allow the children be able to play and learn about the history of the site while the elder community can meet and talk. Through the workshops there will be the opportunity to educate the community on weed/plant identification and control measures.

SnowyWS Bila Bunyips Environmental Work Team
Mount Norton - weed control program
$30,000

Mt Norton is a Mountain on the edge of the Tumut Plains Valley known to be part of a travel path for traditional owners and has been linked to a ceremonial trail. The site consists of some 90 hectare of rugged slopes covered with open white box, yellow box, blakely's red gum, grassy woodland and derived native grassland. Due to the recent favourable seasons for blackberry growth and a lack of resources the site has become heavily over grown with blackberry. The site is now becoming a harbour for other pests i.e. rabbits and hares. This project looks to engage an Indigenous works team to address the blackberry burden by increasing access, treating the blackberry over a two year intense spray program and designing an ongoing management strategy which can be adopted by the local land council as part of their management plan for the Mt Norton site. It is the vision of the Brungle/Tumut Local Aboriginal Land council to reclaim and preserve the cultural significance of the site and utilise this unique asset for cultural based education, interpretation and reconnection programs.

3rd Space Mob Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation
Gumbaynggirr ways of learning
$35,000

We will conduct 4 x 4 day camps on Gumbaynggirr country – two on ‘saltwater country’ and two on ‘freshwater country’. The first two will be with local Gumbaynggirr and off-country Aboriginal people and the second two with teachers from the Bellingen community of Public Schools. The invitation is to participate in the exploration of our place in the web of the original reality of these lands which the name Gumbaynggirr holds, with the support and facilitation of those who carry the knowledge to be handed down to future generations. The aim is to develop an understanding of how and why Gumbaynggirr people care for, listen to, learn, walk on and speak the language of Country.

Thungutti Local Aboriginal Land Council
Weed control and restoration work at Bellbrook LALC
$34,715

The aim of the project is to carry out weed control activities along the banks of Nulla Nulla Creek on the Aboriginal Mission at Bellbrook NSW. The main weeds to be controlled are lantana, blackberry, cat's claw creeper, honeysuckle and small and broad leaved privet. The work is required as these noxious and environmental weeds (which have the potential to spread downstream) have blocked access to the creek which has significant cultural and recreational value to the local Aboriginal community. Qualified Aboriginal contractors will carry out the weed control and planned revegetation of the treated areas. It is planned to involve the local community in revegetation activities.

Warrabinga Native Title Claimants Aboriginal Corporation Pty Ltd
Raising cultural and environmental awareness at Ganguddy
$24,636

Our project will increase visitor awareness of Aboriginal occupation and use of Ganguddy and its surroundings. Ganguddy (Dunns Swamp) is a high visitor use area in the World Heritage listed Wollemi National Park. The area is of importance to the Aboriginal community but was used as an unregulated camping, waterskiing and 4WD area before reservation in 1991. This project will educate and increase visitor awareness of the cultural significance of the site, its importance to the Aboriginal community and reduce damage to vegetation, the waterway and cultural sites.

West Wyalong Local Aboriginal Land Council
Cultural aquatic values education and training (CAVEaT)
$32,578

The 'Cultural aquatic values education and training (CAVEaT)' project will assist in educating Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community members in the value of aquatic environments to traditional Aboriginal people of the local area. The project will provide training to Aboriginal community members in a range of skills including tourism operations, land management and water management. The project will establish aquatic and wetland plants that have been identified as having a cultural value and will reintroduce vertebrate and non-vertebrate aquatic fauna to an area that local government is developing as a constructed wetland. The Aboriginal community will conduct tours by canoe and on foot to explain the values inherent in water and the aquatic environments.

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