2014 Project summaries: Protecting our Places grants

OrganisationProject titleAmount $

Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council

Awabakal LALC midden protection project

29,992

Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Council

Murramarang Aboriginal Area site protection and rehabilitation

33,700

Biraban Local Aboriginal Land Council

Woods Point restoration project

31,000

Coffs Harbour and District Local Aboriginal Land Council

Protecting the EEC's in the estuarine zone at Arrawarra Creek

35,000

Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council

AWAY – Aboriginal women and yamfields

34,975

Gulaga National Park Board Management

Gulaga National Park walking track upgrade project

35,000

Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council

Picnic Island restoration project 34,248

Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council

Sandon Point Aboriginal Place restoration 34,918

Grafton Ngerrie Local Aboriginal Land Council

Bujimbay Land Restoration

31,605

Grafton Ngerrie Local Aboriginal Land Council

Grafton Ngerrie LALC site protection and land management

35,000

Ngurrala Aboriginal Corporation

Protection and preservation of sites in Yarriabini National Park

34,971

Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council Gagil minan – marrabaa minan (bad weed – good weed)

21,797

The Gully Traditional Owners The Garguree Swampcare Stage 3

34,734

Thunderstone Aboriginal and Cultural Land Management Services

Community education re Aboriginal heritage in Greater Goorooyaroo

34,756

Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council

Restoration works stage 1 Marshalls Creek Nature Reserve

34,998

Weilwan Local Aboriginal Land Council

Gulargambone 'Old Reserve' restoration

19,421

Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council

Educate, enhance, and protect our community

35,000

Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre Aboriginal Corporation

Deniliquin Island Sanctuary and Aljoes Creek

34,950

18 Projects

TOTAL

$586,065

Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council
Awabakal LALC midden protection project
$29,992

Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council aims bring the environment back to its original state prior to the introduction of exotic weed species. There are several significant achievements that the project aims to achieve including:

  • Maintaining biodiversity.
  • Stabilisation of the site with native vegetation.
  • Increased education to the wider community on Aboriginal Midden sites.
  • Cultural site assessment and knowledge as to the extent of the Midden.
  • Maintenance of an Aboriginal cultural site.
  • Skills development of Aboriginal community members, elders and youth in land management.
  • Skills development of Aboriginal people in Aboriginal site assessments.

Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Council
Murramarang Aboriginal Area site protection and rehabilitation
$33,700

This project aims to achieve two outcomes: firstly, the protection of a midden through  the installation of viewing platforms and reinforcing fencing that will prevent visitors from access. Many artefacts are still present on the site and the temptation for visitors to walk through the midden are high.  Many of the artefacts, including shells, shatter when walked on. Artefacts such as flakes and cores are vulnerable to damage as well as the risk of becoming souvenirs. The primary aim of building two viewing platforms is to provide the public with a good vantage point where they can see the extent of the midden without getting too close.  

The second outcome to be achieved would be to halt and contain the spread of exotic grasses and rushes throughout the Murramarang Aboriginal Area to protect an endangered ecological community (swamp oak floodplain forest).

Biraban Local Aboriginal Land Council
Woods Point restoration project
$31,000

On ground bush regeneration of 15 hectares aimed at conserving and protecting the swamp oak floodplain forest endangered ecological community (EEC) and swamp sclerophyll forest on coastal floodplains EEC from key threatening processes (namely lantana and exotic vines). A large area of the Lake Macquarie shoreline, formally swamp oak floodplain forest which had been disturbed due to previous land use, will be restored by planting 400 provenance native trees. The project will protect a Resting Place for burial of ancestral remains, a declared Aboriginal Place and middens. The project will employ Biraban Local Aboriginal Land Council as contractors for weed control and planting of native trees.  Once the project is completed, a site visit will re-establish the cultural connection for elders, contractors’ families and the Aboriginal community.

Coffs Harbour and District Local Aboriginal Land Council
Protecting the EEC's in the estuarine zone at Arrawarra Creek
$35,000

This project aims to look after this country by restricting vehicular access to formed tracks and parking areas. This will allow the local native vegetation to regenerate, protect the mudflats and tidal interface, reduce sedimentation of the creek from runoff and increase the resilience of the site.  Advice from the Soil Conservation Service and National Parks Wildlife Service will ensure effective vehicle control measures (boulders and road base); and that the current resilience of the site will facilitate natural regeneration once disturbances have been excluded.  Weed control along the edges of the vehicle track will also be undertaken.

Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council
AWAY – Aboriginal women and yamfields
$34,975

Up to three trainees and 10-20 Aboriginal girls in the local High Schools will be provided with opportunities to re-learn the cultural importance of yams and other cultural plants. This knowledge will be gained through field trips working in remnant yamfields with Elders and other knowledge holders. This cultural knowledge and hands-on learning will be combined with training from national experts on the ecology of grasslands, seed collection, plant propagation and restoration. Ultimately these skills will be used to increase the numbers of yams that occur along the Bundian Way and also increase the role of cultural management in their long term persistence.

Gulaga National Park Board Management
Gulaga National Park walking track upgrade project
$35,000

This project will protect the area for future generations through upgrading the walking track so that it protects sites of cultural and environmental significance. The project includes clearing and upgrading a 1.6 kilometre circular walking track from the Central Tilba village area into the newly acquired Bellbrook Farm addition to Gulaga National Park.

The current track is not of a safe standard for use which results in visitors going off track resulting in further damage to the local environment. This project will protect the places of cultural significance in the vicinity by allowing visitors to access the mountain in a manner which is culturally and environmentally respectful.

Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council
Picnic Island restoration project
$34,248

Primary and secondary weed control will be conducted over the whole island with ongoing maintenance weeding conducted by a regular bushcare group facilitated by Shellharbour Council. Woody weeds will be controlled, natives will regenerate. Supplementary planting will increase the density of the shrub layer, supress weed growth and increase the diversity of native species. This will greatly improve the condition and viability of the endangered ecological communities present. Eight community field days will be conducted, facilitated by the Project Coordinator in collaboration with Shellharbour Council staff and will include a catered bush tucker picnic, planting days and two Aboriginal interpretation days where residents can hear about Lake Illawarra and the area. Employment and training will be provided to the Aboriginal community through Birrum Nuru conducting the restoration works.

Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council
Sandon Point Aboriginal Place restoration
$34,918

We propose to remove vine weeds such as coastal morning glory, Japanese honeysuckle and madeira vine as well as other perennial weeds including blackberry, asparagus fern and mother of millions.

Revegetation will include replacement of canopy species that have been vandalised as well as planting within previously vegetated areas to establish a dense understorey to improve native fauna habitat and suppress weed growth. The project will also include signage to inform the public of the cultural significance and sensitivity of the area. The project will involve planting and weed buster days as well as cultural interpretation such as bush tucker walks with local Public Schools including Thirroul Public. The works will be conducted by the Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council Green Team Birrum Nuru providing training and employment opportunities for the Aboriginal Community.

Grafton Ngerrie Local Aboriginal Land Council
Bujimbay Land Restoration
$31,605

This project will remove illegally dumped waste which is impacting on the site’s natural values of soil, water and native vegetation and habitat for a diversity of native fauna species. Illegal rubbish dumping will be deterred by stopping vehicle access to the property. Signs will be erected to educate the public of the implications for illegal rubbish dumping and provide information about alternatives. The removal and recycling operation will incorporate best practice in correct recycling, resource recovery and disposal options. A training workshop for Ngerrie Local Aboriginal Land Council and Muurrbay Bundani Aboriginal Corporation men in wild dog monitoring skills and implementing a control program on this land will benefit the local community in skill development and have a positive benefit on the local native fauna.

Grafton Ngerrie Local Aboriginal Land Council
Grafton Ngerrie LALC site protection and land management
$35,000

Clevermen Burial Sites in Nymboida will be protected from being driven over from the installation of bollards and a locked gate. Training in native plant and weed identification and control methods will enable Aboriginal land managers and trainee Aboriginal bush regenerators to implement best riparian management practices on significant waterways in the Clarence Catchment. Control of environmental weeds will provide longer term environmental benefits including reducing smothering weeds on good quality native vegetation, stabilising stream banks and improving water quality.

Ngurrala Aboriginal Corporation
Protection and preservation of sites in Yarriabini National Park
$34,971

Ngurrala Aboriginal Corporation’s project will preserve and pass down cultural sites in a more pristine condition into the future, for their historical and significance values. Work will be carried out to reduce the impact of weeds of national significance on the important cultural sites, endangered ecological communities and threatened plant species.

Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council
Gagil minan – marrabaa minan (bad weed – good weed)
$21,797

The project will see experienced Aboriginal weaver Ronella ‘Dolly’ Jerome and the Department of Primary Industries facilitate two four-day workshops with Tamworth women and youth to identify native species and their suitability as traditional weaving materials. The workshops will also have a strong focus on weeds of national significance (WoNS) including how to identify, safely remove and dispose of them. The project will assist in restoring and protecting the project site’s environmental and cultural significance through educating the participants on the proper techniques for collecting natives to minimise impacts on the environment, ensuring plants will continue to grow/reproduce and also how to utilise them in traditional weaving materials through cross generational workshop deliveries. Sessions by Local Land Services will identify their role in protecting native species and eradicating WoNS.

The Gully Traditional Owners
The Garguree Swampcare Stage 3
$34,764

The installation of the racetrack in 1957 resulted in bulldozing of The Gully settlement and extensive damage to the bushland and Blue Mountains Swamps of the Gully. In 2011, The Gully Traditional Owners Incorporated formed Garguree Swampcare, an Aboriginal Bushcare Group dedicated to the restoration of the Blue Mountains Swamp systems and surrounding bushland of The Gully AP. Garguree Swampcare has steadily grown in strength and now attracts 35-50 participants every month. Stage 3 will be focussed on continuing the growth and momentum of this highly successful and motivated group, continuing the development of the land management skills of the Gully Traditional Owners, and continuing the progressive restoration of the culturally significant swamps, their buffers and adjacent bushland in the area where the Gully Settlement once stood to include an additional 6.2 hectares of swamp and bushland restoration.

Thunderstone Aboriginal and Cultural Land Management Services
Community education re Aboriginal heritage in Greater Goorooyaroo
$34,756

This project will enable community education regarding Aboriginal values of the environment in the Greater Goorooyaroo to provide an essential component of the restoration and rehabilitation plan for the ecologically significant box-gum woodland in the area. It builds on a successful model of community education, developed by Thunderstone and partner organisations over the last 18 months. The project has three key aspects:

  • Identification of Aboriginal values in the Greater Goorooyaroo area, appropriate for community education.
  • A series of 12 interpretive walks/workshops focussed on the cultural values of the area.
  • Production of audio-visual web publications regarding the Aboriginal cultural heritage and values of land in the region.

Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council
Restoration works stage 1 Marshalls Creek Nature Reserve
$34,998

Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council’s project will protect biodiversity by reducing the weed threat while working on country. The local community will be educated about local native species and the weeds that threaten them. Removal of the weeds will allow for natural regeneration of prime koala habitat and the endangered ecological community swamp sclerophyll forest on floodplain.

All works will be done in accordance with the following approved plans:

  • Billinudgel Nature Reserve Plan of Management.
  • Weed Control Strategies for Billinudgel Nature Reserve.
  • Marshalls Creek Nature Reserve Plan of Management and the Marshalls Creek Nature Reserve Weed Control Strategy.

Weilwan Local Aboriginal Land Council
Gulargambone 'Old Reserve' restoration
$19,421

This project will establish, and commence, a current and relevant Needs Assessment and Action Plan to improve and develop this large parcel of Indigenous owned land.  Activities will include:

  • Identify and remove or eradicate woody weeds, noxious weeds and animal pests. Clear all undesirable vegetation.
  • Replace existing fences where possible.
  • Investigate bulk water access.
  • Identify existing culturally significant plants and trees (for medicines and ceremonial use) and plant more traditional bushes, plants and trees.
  • Provide signage for all culturally significant plants and trees and identify locations of Indigenous dwellings destroyed in the 1970's.
  • This valuable community owned asset to be maintained and improved for future generations and be made accessible and desirable for all community members and possibly even tourists to enjoy.

Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council
Educate, enhance, and protect our community
$35,000

The project will aim to remove illegal access and activities, resulting in the removal of risks to the biodiversity and cultural landscape. This will be achieved by the installation of an efficient gate and fencing system. Commencing at the source, Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) intend on securing the site from further illegal access and commence rehabilitation by removing rubbish, revegetating 4WD tracks, stopping soil erosion and creating an inventory of the cultural and environmental assets of the site. Re-vegetation activities will engage the expertise of ecologists and an archaeologist. The Worimi LALC Heritage Nursery will be utilised to propagate and raise seeds that are collected from the site. This project delivers a range of environmental and cultural co-benefits, including education, training, and community awareness.

Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre Aboriginal Corporation
Deniliquin Island Sanctuary and Aljoes Creek
$34,950

This project aims to achieve a renewed recognition of the importance of the local wetlands with the removal of introduced species including; black willow Salix nigra, broad-leaved pepper tree, Schinus terebinthifoliuses and date palm Phoenix dactyliferas. These species have spread from local gardens and now impede water flow and create a significant problem at the end of a water system draining from the Deniliquin Township. The Island Sanctuary is an important location for education and tourism and has been the focus of the local Indigenous community for demonstrating the importance of local wetlands containing medicine and fibre plants.

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