The Midwest Aboriginal Ranger Program Regional Meeting was held during the 10th and 11th of October 2022.
The first day of the meeting was hosted by Bundiyarra Aboriginal Corporation and included guests from the Katanning Badgebup Aboriginal Corporation, Badimia Elders, and Yued Elders. They joined our three MARP delivery partners, Western Mulga, Kwelena Mambakort Aboriginal Corporation and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. We also had the Eurardy Nature Reserve Manager, Sam Fischer, and Healthy Landscape Manager – Western Rangelands, Bill Currans from Bush Heritage Australia share some time with our group.
The Katanning Badgebup Aboriginal Corporation were the second Aboriginal Ranger team to support a Ranger Cultural Exchange, providing the opportunity to learn and share what our Rangers do across the region.
This event provided the opportunity for all participants to walk along the Chapman River with support from The Chapman River Friends. This community group collaboration enabled conversation about the wildlife and flowers, and how we can all look after the River together.
The second day of the regional meeting was held at Eurardy Nature Reserve, providing an opportunity to engage with Nanda Elders and experience the diverse restoration works being conducted. The rangers and stakeholders discussed seed collection of native flora for restoration, activities where the Aboriginal Rangers and partners could observe, interact, listen, and learn.
It was a privilege for the group to be welcomed and guided by Nanda Elder Cameron Lewis, and to be able to discuss restoration with Dr Geoff Woodall. Geoff is an ecological expert providing training on the collection of seed using novel techniques such as the seed vacuum cleaner.
Geoff thought the experience he gained working with government has been important when working outside not-for-profit organisations to understand their processes and to advocate for Indigenous Australians in agriculture all over WA.
Another great MARP regional meeting, connecting with Aboriginal Rangers from different places coming together and sharing how we care for Country whilst learning and educating ourselves. It was wonderful getting everyone together and showcasing the important work that our MARP crew does and we look forward to the next one.