Caring for the Wabarl (Malleefowl) on Badimia Barna (Country)

This month Badimia Bandi Barna Aboriginal Corporation (BBBAC) teamed up with Hamish Morgan (facilitator), NACC NRM, Rangelands NRM, Australian Wildlife Conservancy and Bush Heritage Australia to discuss how these four environmental organizations can support BBBAC’s 2021 Healthy Country Plan. The planning workshop focused on how to progress Malleefowl protection and conservation on Badimia Barna.

The Badimia Board members met up in Dalwallinu with Hamish Morgan as facilitator on Wednesday 13 January to brainstorm their vision for on-ground works on Badimia Barna this year. This passionate and dedicated organization has big plans for the future of their culture, and people both young and old.

“It’s wonderful to be part of a collaborative and supportive team of participants who are all willing and eager to work together for the benefit of our wabarl while caring for country,” said Beverley Slater.

Badimia Elders are excited about creating opportunities for young Aboriginal Rangers to gain experience on Barna with cultural guidance. One of the most important goals for BBBAC is for their young people to be able to feel safe on Barna and be empowered to look after it.

The Rangers will be taking part in the program on Charles Darwin Reserve, Ninghan Station and Mt Gibson Wildlife Sanctuary which are all significant to Badimia with many culturally important areas. The Elders hope to include cultural safety training, undertake cultural mapping as well as help the ranger’s gain some practical land care skills with pest and weed management on the agenda.

Find more information about Badimia Bandi Barna Aboriginal Corporation and their Healthy Country Plan here: https://www.badimiabandibarnaac.org/our-aboriginal-corporation

This project is supported by NACC NRM through funding from the Australian Governments National Landcare Program.

Jarna Kendle – Senior Biodiversity Conservation Officer

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