A free training field day about the Aboriginal cultural landscapes of Wollumbin/Mt Warning and the surrounding area will be held by Tweed Landcare, North Coast Local Land Services and Conservation Volunteers Australia.
When: Saturday February 17, 9.30 am – 12 pm
Where: Uki, Tweed Shire
Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes and sun-safe clothing and to bring drinking water. Morning tea will be provided. Directions to the property will be provided on registration. Numbers are limited and bookings are essential.
Keynote speakers at the event will be Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council representatives Des Williams, Chairperson, Maurice Gannon, Conservation Planning Officer and Warren Phillips, Cultural Heritage Sites Officer.
“We are delighted to have Aboriginal community representatives agree to share cultural heritage knowledge with us about this iconic area of the Tweed.” said Joanna Gardener, Tweed Landcare president. “Landcare has a long-held partnership with our local Aboriginal community to help people understand, respect and protect cultural heritage sites and the landscape, both past and present.”
The field day will be held on a private property where bushland links Wollumbin National Park to the Tweed River. Participants will also be able to take a guided tour of bushland restoration sites involved in corridor connectivity projects led by professional bush regenerator, Hamish Cobbett. “This is a rare opportunity to visit high conservation value habitat on private land and learn more about project planning, bushland restoration and habitat connectivity at an individual property and landscape scale.” said Joanna.
The event is being held as part of two projects: The Northern Corridors Connections Project and Filling the Biodiversity Gaps Connecting Tweed Coast to Border Ranges Stage 2 Project. The projects are helping land managers improve connectivity of habitat, and to establish strategic corridors for native flora and fauna linking the Tweed coast to the Border Ranges. The projects have been made possible by funding from the NSW Government through the NSW Environmental Trust and Catchment Action NSW programs, with support from North Coast Local Land Services, Tweed Shire Council, and Tweed Landcare Inc.
“Whether you’re a community member, landholder, land manager or professional working in the environment restoration industry, there is something to learn at the field day. For anyone interested in Aboriginal cultural heritage, threatened species recovery and habitat connectivity this is an event not to be missed.” said Joanna.
Photo: Marcus Ferguson delivering a cultural induction workshop as part of the Northern Corridors Connections Project in 2014