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Project summaries - 2012 Protecting our Places grants

Round 2 Funding

 

2012 Protecting Our Places grants - Round 2
Organisation Project title Amount $

Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council

Protecting Tallong's NRM values

$50,000

Jali Local Aboriginal Land Council

Ngunya Jargoon waste management and rubbish removal

$50,000

 2 Projects

 TOTAL

 $100,000

Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council
Protecting Tallong's NRM Values
$50,000

This project proposal will provide continuity with the previously funded land alive/Bio Banking funded project. The environmental component of this project will be delivered in several ways. (1) Control environmental and weeds of national significance on the Tallong property; and (2) revegetate the areas cleared of weeds with native tube stock that will improve the biodiversity on the property. In this proposal we will addressing the actions within the Tallong plan of management and the Illawarra Aboriginal Land Councils and community business plan, while creating training opportunities for local Aboriginal community members and to form partnerships with other Aboriginal community groups and or Organisations within the Illawarra area to undertake the NRM on-ground works that are needed to address these actions. It is also proposed that fencing and signage will be installed to raise the local community’s awareness on the importance the land is to the local Aboriginal community.

Jali Local Aboriginal Land Council
Ngunya Jargoon waste management and rubbish removal
$50,000

JALI local aboriginal land council is managing part of their lands for the conservation of cultural and natural values as an Indigenous Protected Area. Ngunya Jargoon IPA comprises 864 hectares of land on Bingal Creek near Wardell in northern NSW. The land has very high natural and cultural values including many threatened species and endangered ecological communities. The green team has worked for many years to remove rubbish from the block and fence areas to prevent further illegal dumping. Some large areas of rubbish remain requiring heavy machinery and some areas of asbestos require special attention. The grant will be used for the hire of heavy machinery to work with the green team, the hire of specialist asbestos contractors, and labour for the green team to continue hand removal and subsequent site management such as monitoring of weeds or mulching of open space. These particular rubbish removal exercises are not budgeted for in existing funds, and the asbestos removal in particular is very expensive.

 

Round 1 Funding

2012 Protecting Our Places grants - Round 1
Organisation Project title Amount $

Coomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation

Guardian gateway - seeding the future

$31,342

Deniliquin Local Aboriginal Land Council

Natural rest

$35,000

The Gully Traditional Owners Inc.

Garguree swampcare stage two

$35,000

Gunawirra Limited

Gunawirra and boomerang puppets talk with kids about land and culture

$35,000

Mogo Local Aboriginal Land Council

Mogo Creek back to life - its restoration and rehabilitation stage two

$35,000

Moree Local Aboriginal Land Council

Who let the dogs out program

$35,000

Muda Aboriginal Corporation

Indigenous bush culture educational awareness project

$9,900

Muli Muli Ladies Aboriginal Corporation

Proud places

$34,899

Nyngan Local Aboriginal Land Council

Warrigal rehabilitation

$35,000

Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Yarrawarra lowland rainforest restoration at Sherwood nature reserve

$35,000

 10 Projects

 TOTAL

 $321,141

Coomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation
Guardian gateway - seeding the future
$31,342

The Guardian gateway - seeding the future project aims to protect land from future dumping, educate community and build community pride and capacity through the realisation of a real solution to an ongoing problem of local dumping on Aboriginal land council land. This project will create Guardian storytelling gates which will both tell the history story of the land which they are protecting and provide future protection for what the land will provide into the future. Seeding the future is quite literally reseeding the land with native trees, flowers, grasses and bush tucker. The return of this land to a natural state will encourage a return of wildlife which will also become a source of bush tucker. It is envisaged that this land could become a food production and income source for the local community through gathering and harvesting.

Deniliquin Local Aboriginal Land Council
Natural rest
$35,000

The Deniliquin Local Aboriginal Land Council (DLALC) aims to achieve a resting place that is of the natural environment. The DLALC has a cemetery on Aboriginal land owned by the DLALC and Moonah-Cullah Mission that is used by the Wemba Wemba and Barapa Barapa peoples for burial. The cemetery has a lot of family members and visitors. The area is covered in weeds, introduced plants, suffering soil and sand erosion, no shaded areas, no environmental maintenance, has wire around parts, no direct paths, large pot holes and rabbit warrens and the cemetery needs to be extended. This project aims to achieve an environmental resting place for Aboriginal people.

The Gully Traditional Owners Inc.
Garguree swampcare stage two
$35,000

Garguree swampcare stage two will continue to build and expand on the achievements of stage one by restoring the remainder of the Blue Mountains swamp (endangered ecological communities) system, swamp buffer vegetation and adjacent bushland contained within the now defunct Catalina race circuit. This area was where the original Gully settlement stood and where The Gully Traditional Owners Inc. (TGTOI) lived before their eviction to make way for the racetrack in 1957. Through caring for country the Garguree swampcare group will heal the degradation of the swamp and bushland caused by the racetrack to bring the area back to its former natural state and continue to gain land management experience to assist in the ongoing co-management of the Gully Aboriginal Place. A key part of the healing process will involve TGTOI running two cultural awareness raising events per year to tell their story, share aspects of their knowledge and to invite the broader Blue Mountains community to work alongside them to restore The Gully Aboriginal Place.

 

Gunawirra Limited
Gunawirra and boomerang puppets talk with kids about land and culture
$35,000

The puppets will be used in live shows, video clips and stories and via website links to educate, interest and enhance pride in knowing ancestry, local language, self-identity, recycling, health issues, bush tucker, and especially pride in the environment (land and culture). The eight puppets will each have their own stories and will tell the children via the above mediums. Children relate easily to them and they will become role models in the preschool and school environments. These puppets will have problems to solve about the environment and the children will be encouraged to help the puppets by solving the problem.

Mogo Local Aboriginal Land Council
Mogo Creek back to life - its restoration and rehabilitation stage two
$35,000

This project proposal provides continuity and alignment with a previously funded project at Mogo Creek. The environmental component of the project will be delivered in two ways. One aim is to control invasive environmental weeds and weeds of national significance in the riparian zone and area surrounding the creek. The other aim is to revegetate areas cleared of weeds with native tubestock seedlings that will improve the biodiversity of the area by enhancing the quality and quantity of riparian vegetation along the creek and assist in soil stabilisation of the creek banks. Plants of cultural significance including bush tucker and medicinal species will also be selected for revegetation. It is proposed to develop and install signs to raise community awareness of the importance of the natural values of the area and project.

Moree Local Aboriginal Land Council
Who let the dogs out program
$35,000

Presently the numbers of feral dogs and cats in Toomelah and Boggabilla are at an epidemic. To effectively combat this widespread problem, various local and government stakeholders are encouraged to work together to implement a range of integrated control programs of various scales on feral populations. This pilot project aims to also promote responsible pet ownership and reduce through animal reduction practices, the feral dog and cat numbers in and around Boggabilla and Toomelah.

 

Muda Aboriginal Corporation
Indigenous bush culture educational awareness project
$9,900

An area which showcases indigenous plants and their uses and cultural relevance to Indigenous people is being created. To increase awareness and the understanding of the link between environment, culture and people, the project looks to produce and display written and digital material to educate both the local and visiting public, members of the Indigenous community and the wider community, especially the young, to encourage the intergenerational transfer of knowledge.

Muli Muli Ladies Aboriginal Corporation
Proud places
$34,899

In the past the Muli Muli community had an illegal waste dump site on the top of the hill at the back of the community. Previously the Land Council tried to clean up the site and stop refuse from being dumped. Unfortunately the site was not cleared completely and waste is contaminating our land. A recent project to build a community garden highlighted the need for us to do something long term about improving and protecting the environmental spaces around our community. The ladies corporation are the instigators of the community garden project, we wish to make sure that our country is safe for our kids and for us to be able to grow food crops and look after our land. There is a need to develop a comprehensive waste management strategy to minimise the human health and environmental risks posed by the informal waste dump and to develop systems and infrastructure to manage waste in a more sustainable way in the future. We also need to protect the traditional burial ground that is located near the waste site.

Nyngan Local Aboriginal Land Council
Warrigal rehabilitation
$35,000

Nyngan Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) would like to create a cultural learning centre and visitor garden to allow community members and visitors to come to the park and learn about the Aboriginal heritage and connection to the local environment by participating in gardening, weed management, and cultural activates such as dance, cooking etc. We would like to return plants that were once in the area but no longer here. This project would not only benefit the Nyngan LALC but our whole community. We have designed a garden in the shape of a lizard, where everyone can participate, we have allowed a section for planting for the High School, Public School, St Joseph's College and three smaller schools (Marra Creek, Girilambone and Hermidale to each have a foot. We aim to have a variety of plants for traditional purposes, such as weaving and food.

Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Yarrawarra lowland rainforest restoration at Sherwood nature reserve
$35,000

The Yarrawarra Girriin Green Team and an EnviTE bush regeneration mentor will be employed to restore lowland subtropical rainforest at Sherwood nature reserve. Work will implement recommendations of the Sherwood nature reserve management plan in a landscape of cultural significance to Aboriginal people. Mentoring and education of Aboriginal bush regenerators and increased community awareness of the Aboriginal cultural heritage value of Sherwood nature reserve will be facilitated by the project. The project is supported by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Weeds, particularly Lantana, are restricting natural regeneration and growth of rainforest. Systematic bush regeneration works will control weeds and stimulate rainforest regeneration.

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