There were some big kids in the playground on Wednesday when NACC staff visited Jurien Bay District High School to help build the new Yued Nature Play area.
The idea sprouted from the Jurien Bay District High School P&C Association last year with the Yued theme a central focus of the project. The P&C Association was successful in receiving a NACC Coastal Community Grant and then began planning the area which would showcase Yued Traditional Ecological Knowledge, coastal native plants and Dreaming stories.
NACC staff from Geraldton joined Jurien Bay based Coastal and Marine Project Manager Hamish Longbottom in assisting the P&C Association with “final touches” to the nature play area on Wednesday. Hamish said the space, created with help from many locals, would instantly be a significant area for students, teachers, parents and the broader community to come together and understand local culture, customs and environment.
“The community spirit has really grown with this project,” he said. “Seeing all the contributions people have made toward the development of the area has been really inspiring”.
Support and advice for the Yued Nature Play area was sought from the Kwelena Mambakort Aboriginal Corporation and the area will be officially opened by Traditional Owners, with a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony.
President of the P&C Association Jeremy Carter said acknowledgement and partnership with Traditional Owners in the development of this project was critical to its success. “We are honoured to create this important space in our community and are pleased with the end result,” he said.
“None of this would have been possible without the support of the community, local businesses and the Jurien Bay District High School. Our school Principal Dave Thomas has been very supportive giving us the confidence to take on such a project.”
NACC’s Coastal Community Grant’s program is made possible through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.