A partnership is being developed with Centralian Middle School, Gillen to initiate a community garden for the Gillen Community. This has stimulated the establishment of the Alice Springs Community Garden Network. Funding will support the Network’s requirement to employ a Network Coordinator to develop partnerships with local schools and organisations to facilitate the establishment of a network of community food producing gardens.
The third desertSMART EcoFair will be held at Olive Pink Botanic Gardens this year. The EcoFair has developed into Central Australia's premier sustainability event. With more than 1100 people attending previous events, 2011 will see the EcoFair grow to festival proportions. The event is being organised to coincide with National Science Week and will be held over 3 days (August 19-21).
The Kimberley region of Western Australia covers 421,000 square kilometres. Aboriginal people make up almost half of the population and their cultures, traditions and languages are as diverse as the landscape itself.
Kimberley Traditional Owners continue to define themselves according to their cultural values and traditions which are inextricably tied to the land, the sea and the waters of the region. Traditional law, customs and languages are practised across the Kimberley.
Aboriginal Rangers for Reserve 31165 is a unique project located in the East Kimberley Region of Western Australia. The reserve covers 125,000 hectares and is bordered on two sides by Lake Argyle; a man-made lake constructed as part of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme. The region contains eighteen nationally threatened and/or migratory species and a significant proportion of the Lake Argyle Ramsar listed wetland.
The Karajarri lands lie 200 kilometres south of Broome and include 130 kilometres of coastline stretching from Gordon Bay to Cape Missiessy. The rangers focus on coastal management issues to reduce the impacts on the region's natural and cultural values through visitor management. By incorporating western survey techniques with traditional ecological knowledge, they undertake baseline biodiversity surveys with the assistance of specialists, and develop ongoing monitoring programs.
The Ngurrara rangers are based at the community of Djugerari and they manage the Ngurrara native title area of some 77,814 square kilometres in the southern Kimberley region, which includes part of the Canning Stock Route. The rangers are instructed by Traditional Owners to protect heritage through knowledge transfer, and to physically protect culturally important sites by managing visitors, fire weeds and feral animals.
The Nykina Mangala native title claim area covers 27,000 square kilometres around the Fitzroy Valley. The Nyikina Mangala rangers are based at the community of Jarlmadangah and their work is focused around the Fitzroy River, which is central to the cultural heritage of the Nyikina Mangala people.
The Nyul Nyul Native Title Lands cover approximately 1,196 square kilometres of land and sea in the Kimberley region and are located about 100 kilometres north of Broome on the Dampier Peninsula. This country contains profound cultural and environmental values including significant species such as the Bilby and Northern Quoll. The Nyul Nyul Land and Sea Rangers project plays a central role in implementing Traditional Owner, State and National management priorities to conserve and protect these lands.
The Uunguu Rangers come from Wunambal Gaambera Country. The country has been the home of the Wunambal and Gaamgera people for many thousands of years and comes from the one Wanjina Wunggurr culture. Like their ancestors, they call their country “Uunguu” - our living home. From this came the Uunguu Rangers. Uunguu are based in Kalumburu, in the Far North Kimberley - arguably the most remote Aboriginal Community in Australia, the native area covers 25,909 square kilometers of land and sea country in the northwest Kimberley.
The Bardi Jawi is a native title area of 1,037 square kilometers and an area of sea to the three nautical mile limit. It also includes a culturally significant site that straddles the three nautical mile boundary in the north west of the claim area along with Julinaburr / Bruce Reef which is 12 nautical miles to the north of the Dampier Peninsula.