Nature is in our nature

24 March 2016

There is a land of plenty not far from Morawa, and more than 3000 hectares of remnant bushland is now being protected there.

Bundibunna Farm is the name, and it is located in the Shire of Morawa and managed by Bundibunna Aboriginal Corporation.

It incorporates Indigenous education, training and employment strategies for Aboriginal people to increase their capacity to undertake the best management agricultural practices and to increase opportunities for employment in this sector.

Through NACC’s Habitat Fencing Incentive 3,128 hectares of remnant vegetation at this farm are now protected and improving the extent, connectivity and condition of habitat that supports threatened species.

Leedham Papertalk at Bundibunna Farm.
Leedham Papertalk at Bundibunna Farm.

This property is home to the threatened malleefowl, as well as a wide range of other native animals such as echidnas, budgerigars, bush turkeys, lizards, emus and kangaroos, just to name a few. It is also home to an amazing array of plants like wreath flowers, sandalwood, eucalyptus, grevilleas and hakeas among others.

Bundibunna Aboriginal Corporation’s Leedham Papertalk said the completion of the fencing incentive gave a great sense of achievement to all involved.

“NACC have been great to work with and I have enjoyed completing the project with the help of the wider Aboriginal community,” he said.

“When the fence was completed we all felt a real sense of achievement after having done it ourselves.

“I really appreciate living on a farm with so much remnant bushland and enjoy going for walks in the bush or swimming in the river with my family after it rains.”

NACC’s Natural Resource Management Officer Heather Legge said it was inspiring working with Mr Papertalk.

“I was blown away by the size of the area of high quality bushland protected in this project,” she said.

“Leedham is genuinely passionate to achieve the best outcome for all, and that is the land, biodiversity and the people as well – that is very inspiring.”

NACC has a long history of working with Aboriginal people, particularly in natural resource management. And we recognise and respect the knowledge Aboriginal people have in managing Australia’s land, fresh water and sea, and in conserving biodiversity.

By involving Aboriginal people in natural resource management, NACC is improving the biodiversity of NAR ecosystems, and also strengthening social and economic outcomes across the region. Aboriginal people are key partners with us in managing the Northern Agricultural Region’s environment and cultural heritage.

This project is supported by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

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