“As an Aboriginal NRM Facilitator for South West Catchments Council, my role is as diverse as our Culture and Environment. Respecting the rights and recognising the roles of our Elders and Community members is our priority in helping to protect our “Beelerup’s” -places of water. Listening, learning and then taking action on their recommendations is helping the wider community and other NRM agencies, to understand that we must take a holistic approach towards healing our cultural landscape, if we wish to continue to enjoy our unique lifestyle, here in the south west.
By supporting and creating partnerships with groups such as Roelands, Dowark Foundation, Bibulmun Mia Corporation and Bunbury Womens Association, we have been able to provide resources for consultation, fencing, weeding,cultural mapping and signage which helps people to understand more about the interaction of the waterways and the local Nyungar people.
Working together has already helped people to understand the need to protect our precious water resources and with volunteers from around the world participating and working alongside Traditional Owners on Country, we are better able to spread the message of looking after and protecting these beautiful and important places.”