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Aboriginal Riverkeeper Team

Background

The GRCCC has received funding from the Australian Government to help restore high priority bushland and establish ecological connectivity across 150 hectares of the catchment.

The ‘Building Indigenous Knowledge and Skills to Restore Urban Waterways’ project is supported by an Australian Government grant of $1.78 million over 3 years.

The GRCCC will work closely with Elders and representatives from the Local Aboriginal Land Councils within the Georges River Catchment to develop and implement this project.

The project involves restoration work to improve biodiversity at key sites.   pdf icon Map of Work Locations (515.09kB)

Some of the restoration works are being performed by an Aboriginal Bush Regeneration Team comprised of a supervisor and 4 trainees, who are working towards the attainment of qualifications in Conservation Land Management.

The team commenced work on 30 June 2014.

Day 1 on site at Green Point, Como.

 

 

Events

Launch of the Aboriginal Riverkeeper Team - 18 September 2014

The Georges River National Park was the site of the launch of the Aboriginal River Team.  The event was attended by more than 50 guests and was officially launched by the Hon Member for Hughes, Craig Kelly. 

A Welcome to Country was provided by Uncle Lew Solberg, of Gandangara LALC followed by a performance of traditional dance and a Aboriginal Smoking Ceremony to cleanse the site. 

 

Congratulations, Aboriginal Riverkeeper Team.

 photo with ART & Banks MP

Federal MP, David Coleman, Member for Banks, presented Certificates of Congratulations

to the Aboriginal Riverkeeper Team at Oatley Point Reserve on Monday 3 November 2014

 

Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) day - 19 November 2014.

 

Nathan Moran, CEO of Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, met with Bushcare Volunteers, the Aboriginal Riverkeeper Team and Council staff at the first TEK day held at Oatley.  

TEK Training of the trainees and the broader community including Bushcare Volunteers is planned for with the LALCs.

TEK with Metro LALC

Here is the team on site learning from Lee Davison, Metro LALC,  who was undertaking cultural heritage assessements.

Achievements

Sherwin Park, Canley Vale

Sherwin Park has been transformed with the planting of 21,000 plants by the Aboriginal Riverkeeper Team.  This revegetation project has been a great success with the plants thriving and native grasses returning.

 Planting at Sherwin Park

Trainees complete Certificate 2 Conservation and Land Management 

Congratulations Nick, Shannon and Larissa for completing the Certificate 2 in Conservation and Land Management.    

  Pictured below is Shannon, Lex and Larissa at the Graduation held in May 2015.

   Graduation Photo May 2015

 

Governance of the Aboriginal Riverkeeper Project.

Over the next 3 years the project will be governed by 2 Steering Committees.

An Aboriginal Project Steering Committee represented by Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs) will assist with the transfer of Traditional Ecological Knowledge from Elders to trainees.

A Project Steering Committee, represented by LALCs, Councils, GS LLS and Eco Logical Australia will oversee the project.

View an outline of the project structure.

Steering Committee Minutes 

pdf icon Final Minutes of Project Steering Committee 06.08.14 (391.60kB)

pdf icon Final Minutes Project Steering Commitee 23.10.14 (241.00kB)

pdf icon Final Minutes Project Steering Committee 19.05.15 (225.68kB)