This month NACC NRM supported the Nhunadar Watchinar Parnba Community Aboriginal Corporation to undertake a Return-to-Country on Bush Heritage Australia’s Eurardy Reserve!
Over 60 people took part in this event, with participants coming from across the state to be involved!
From 5-7 April Nhunadar community participants came together for discussions about cultural protocols; to undertake maintenance at traditional sites; engage with Malleefowl conservation actions; practise Language, and be on Country with family. Activities including workshops provided opportunities for partner organisations to develop ongoing relationships with the Nhunadar community and discover how cultural and conservations actions can be strengthened through these relationships and partnerships.
Bush Heritage’s Aboriginal Partnership Manager Chontarle Bellottie says she feels humbled to work with Traditional Owners and kids, looking at Malleefowl nests out on Country.
“This is for the next generation, of which Bush Heritage is committing to support access to Country – it is so important to build that connection,” said Chontarle.
The Nhunadar community were pivotal in making this event happen. NACC NRM is pleased to have worked with Irene Kelly and Sandra Kelly to support them to bring the community together through Country, Culture, and conservation.
Irene says she enjoys sharing with family an understanding of Malleefowl and how hard they work.
“Taking these kids out on country gives them a better understanding of what it’s all about,” said Irene.
“This is good work that you want your family to remember and understand.”
NACC NRM is proud to work with Nhunadar Watchinar Parnba Community Aboriginal Corporation to ensure Aboriginal people are engaged in Malleefowl Conservation across the Northern Agricultural Region.
Nhunadar Watchinar Parnba Community Aboriginal Corporation Chair Cameron Lewis says getting out on Country and restoring culture and tradition is an exciting experience.
“It’s good for NACC NRM and Bush Heritage to teach and share professional practice and we can learn from each other, bringing a win-win of identity and culture on Parnba,” said Cameron.
The event was made possible through NACC NRM’s ‘Gnow or Never’ Malleefowl conservation project, funded through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. To get involved, find out what other initiatives NACC NRM is developing, or to put your ideas forward please get in contact with our Programs & Operations Manager Kane Watson at (08) 9938 0100 or by emailing [email protected].