15150: Revegetation of Fitzroy River floodplain of Mt Anderson stage 1

    The Nyikina Mangala traditional owners and senior elders are concerned about the degradation of the Fitzroy River floodplain, river and channel banks and billabongs from erosion and uncontrolled grazing, which has reduced the distribution and abundance of culturally important bush food plants and traditional medicine plants. The Fitzroy River floodplains are recognised as being of national importance through their national heritage listing.

    This project will increase the engagement of remote Aboriginal communities in National Resource Management, by building their skills base and capacity in landscape rehabilitation, while also resulting in tangible on-ground outcomes. 

    A Green Army team of Nyikina Mangala Aboriginal youth will undertake the revegetation activities using plants which they have grown in the Jarlmadangah Burru Aboriginal Community (JBAC) propagation nursery from seed collected locally.  Teams will undertake site preparation - weed control, fencing, planting and initial maintenance.  The propergation nusery will also be improved upon and specialist training in nursery irrigation system maintenance, seed collection and plant propagation will also be provided to Green Army participants.  

    By assisting the Traditional Owners propagate and plant culturally important bush food and medicine plants the project will also assist in the intergenerational transfer of Traditional Knowledge and the preservation of Indigenous cultural values.

    Investment: $ 36 300
    In-kind contribution: $ 50 407
    Delivery organisation: Jarlmadangah Burru Aboriginal Corporation
    Project duration: May 2016 - November 2017
    Location: Shire of Derby-West Kimberley

    Project partners

    Australian Conservation Foundation

    Conservation Volunteers Australia

    Kimberley Land Council Land and Sea Unit

    Rangelands NRM

    Project contact details

    Jarlmadangah Burru Aboriginal Corporation

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