Project summaries - 2013 Protecting our Places grants

2013 Protecting our Places

OrganisationProject titleAmount $

The Gully Traditional Owners (Blue Mountains City Council)

Riparian weed control in an Aboriginal Place in Katoomba - The Gully

35,000

Dharriwaa Elders Group Incorporated

Walgett caring for country walk

34,245

Madhima Gulgan Community Association

Restoration works to trail and bora rings at Billinudgel Nature Reserve

34,982

Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council

Protecting our bush from bikes

30.000

Mogo Local Aboriginal Land Council

Building on riparian restoration works in Mogo

34,975

Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Lands Council

Banyam-Baigham revegetation project of Zone 3

35,000

Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Lands Council

Tucki Tucki environmental restoration project

35,000

South West Rocks Aboriginal Corporation

Protecting cultural sites amongst the sand dunes of Smoky Beach

35,000

Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council

Engaging the Aboriginal community in Fingal Spit restoration works

34,992
Waduayn Gunggu Barrunggin

Wurruyi Bandu (bush food)

34,980
8 Projects

TOTAL

$344,174

The Gully Traditional Owners (and Blue Mountains City Council)
Riparian weed control in an Aboriginal Place in Katoomba - The Gully
$35,000

The proposed project is part of a long-term plan to restore the natural values of The Gully, an Aboriginal Place in Katoomba and the largest in NSW. There has been extensive restoration and interpretation carried out upstream within The Gully. This work will improve the natural values of the Aboriginal Place in the vicinity of the Heritage Centre which is used by The Gully’s Traditional Owners to deliver education to the community. The rehabilitation of the creek will be included in this education program with linkage to Aboriginal environmental values. Over time, it is planned to further extend the riparian rehabilitation further downstream providing linkage to other important Aboriginal cultural heritage locations such as McRae's Paddock, also part of the Aboriginal Place.

Dharriwaa Elders Group Incorporated
Walgett caring for country walk
$34,245

Existing old tracks will be graded to produce a walk which will guide visitors through culturally significant locations along the Namoi River beside the town of Walgett. This new walkway will be cleared of rubbish, weeds and vegetation regrowth. The Aboriginal cultural values of native vegetation and significant habitats along this new walkway and the existing Tracker Walford Walkway will be interpreted by signs. In so doing, the significant places passed by the walkways will be respected and valued more by the Walgett community and its visitors. The project will be launched during the Walgett Community Festival in August 2014.

Madhima Gulgan Community Association
Restoration works to trail and bora rings at Billinudgel Nature Reserve
$34,982

We are hoping to control environmental and noxious weeds along the trail and into the adjoining bushland, to give native vegetation a chance to repopulate and eventually for a canopy to help suppress weeds of the future. The project also aims to control mature weed species and juvenile weed species. The project will also increase the number of native seedlings. The Billinudgel Nature Reserve Plan of Management has listed removal of Weeds of National Significance (WoNs) as a high priority.

Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council
Protecting our bush from bikes
$30,000

Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council successfully changes bike riding routes across their land and significant sites in consultation with the peak mountain biking organisations to prevent further damage to rock engraving sites and threatened species such as Eucalyptus camfeldii. Other threatened plants include: Tetratheca glandulosa, Pimelea curviflora, Persoonia hirsuta, Darwinea dimminuta, Diuris bracteata, Epacris purpurecens.  Threatened fauna include southern brown bandicoot, heath monitor, giant dragon fly, giant burrowing frog, red crowned toadlet, glossy black cockatoo.  There will be YouTube clips for the bike riding websites detailing the effort taken to protect these ecological and culturally significant sites.

Mogo Local Aboriginal Land Council
Building on riparian restoration works in Mogo
$34,975

This project will build on and buffer previous riparian rehabilitation works at Mogo Creek implemented by Mogo Work Crew. Works will include the removal of populations of Weeds of National Significance (blackberry and willow) and numerous other weeds that will be replaced with local native riparian plants. The project will increase the capacity of the Mogo Work Crew due to the density of weeds which will require different weed removal techniques. The project will build on past educational days held with Mogo Public School and continue to educate children on the value of native vegetation and habitat.

Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Lands Council
Banyam-Baigham revegetation project of Zone 3
$35,000

Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council is hoping to plant out a degraded creek bank with native flora species to help control or stop erosion, improve biodiversity, improve habitat for native fauna species and extend the current connectivity of riparian vegetation. These works will be undertaken through the engagement of a local Indigenous Bush Regeneration team working in partnership with the Banyam-Baigham Aboriginal Landcare, Wilsons River Landcare and Lismore City Council.

Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Lands Council
Tucki Tucki environmental restoration project
$35,000

The Tucki Tucki Environmental Restoration Project will rehabilitate and enhance native vegetation that is in a culturally significant area and needed to help sustain a threatened population of koalas that have been identified within the Lismore Koala Plan of Management. The measure of success will be through the control of Weeds of National Significance (cats claw creeper, lantana) and other environmental weeds (wild tobacco bush, climbing nightshade, umbrella tree) as well as the expansion of remnant vegetation through the planting of koala food trees which will be propagated at the Nimbin Rocks Nursery (Local Indigenous Nursery). This project will bring the local Aboriginal community, Lismore City Council and NSW National Parks & Wildlife Services together to work toward a common goal of protecting cultural significance, environmental restoration and protection of threatened native species.

South West Rocks Aboriginal Corporation
Protecting cultural sites amongst the sand dunes of Smoky Beach
$35,000

The dunes behind Smoky Beach have one of the largest middens in NSW and contain ancestral burial sites. The sites are impacted from inappropriate recreational use of four-wheel drive, motorbikes and sand boarders. The project will fence vehicle and pedestrian access to the beach to prevent indiscriminate tramping through the dunes. Interpretation displays will be placed in the campground and at the beach access with key messages about cultural significance along with regulation rules. Public awareness will be increased by placing the same messaging at retail suppliers. In partnership with NPWS, the project will deliver a discovery ranger program in camping grounds and the primary school to protect sites and increase awareness, understanding and appreciation of Country.

Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council
Engaging the Aboriginal community in Fingal Spit restoration works
$34,992

Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council hopes to make people aware of the negative environmental impact of destructive and illegal activities that have taken place in the area in the past through media coverage and brochures. The project will also:

  • regenerate areas damaged by illegal vehicle use to create an area for future natural regeneration
  • stabilise concrete barriers/piers to ensure continued deterrence of illegal access
  • install more educational signage
  • engage the local community in an educational experience through painting of environmental messages on the concrete barriers/piers.

Waduayn Gunggu Barrunggin
Wurruyi Bandu (bush food)
$34,980

This project will have both direct environmental rehabilitation outcomes and education outcomes for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the area. Environmental outcomes include the eradication of red lantana; and restore a place of cultural significance to the Dunghutti people. The educational outcomes include provide local people with the skills and knowledge to regenerate the site; and provide access to a site that educates community members about the local environment and the value Aboriginal communities place on their natural environment.

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