This autumn Tending the Tracks Alliance (TTTa) held a very special event at Wedge Island and environs – the Turquoise Coast, Cultural and Environmental Experience.
This event combined two half day experiences that delighted the 25 plus 4WD enthusiasts with a shared passion for conservation.
One of the experiences was the Aboriginal Cultural Experience, here the team from Kwelena Mambakort Aboriginal Corporation (KMAC) – the Yued Traditional Owners of the Wedge Island area – provided a cultural tour of the Wedge Island, including local Aboriginal sites.
Yued Elder Charlie Shaw, supported by young Aboriginal Ranger Caleb Shaw opened the event with a moving Welcome to Country. They were then joined by fellow Rangers Jordan Jackamarra, Chris Shaw and Jason Shaw, as the participants were introduced to the Dreaming Stories and Aboriginal history around Wedge.
The second experience was the Environmental Experience, here ecologist Dr Nic Dunlop and zoologist Kady Grosser providing a guide through the geomorphology, vegetation, fauna and environmental history of the Turquoise Coast. From the peaks of the mobile sand dunes the participants were rewarded with a panoramic outlook over Wedge and the surrounding coastline.
Event organiser Alison Goundrey said the Saturday lunch was a bush food spectacular cooked up by Margaret Drayton and friends, and the pre-lunch talk explaining food and ingredients intrigued everyone.
Alison added “The awe -inspiring program continued into Sunday providing more opportunity for learning and understanding. Special thanks are due to Annie Shaw from KMAC, without her efforts this weekend could not have come together.”
Biodiversity Program Coordinator Jessica Stingemore attended the weekend and said it was wonderful to see NACC’s Midwest Aboriginal Rangers involved in this community awareness event.
“It was also great to meet so many new faces and being able to camp overnight in Cervantes – the communal BBQ in the park provided some stimulating feedback about day one and was accompanied by the right amount of relaxed socialising.”
More about the TTTa
The TTTa has on-ground work projects focussed along the Northern Agricultural Region coastal zone. Collaborating with local community, Shires of Dandaragan, Coorow and the DBCA, TTTa coordinates a mobile workforce of off road vehicle users to assist with coastal stabilisation, track maintenance and rationalisation, fencing, bollarding, spiny rush removal. In this way TTTa represents a model of community- based management, potentially a new approach to land care, which could be applied by regions across the state.
TTTa contacts: Community Coordinator Alison Goundrey [email protected]
4WD Coordinator Judith Brinkley [email protected]
Tending the Tracks is supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State Natural Resource Management Program.