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Chevron Aboriginal Team Readies for Graduation

Our Chevron Aboriginal Conservation Training Program (CACTP) has been kicking goals on the latest project – commencing in February, the team has planted over 700 native stems, treated over 13,000 m2 invasive weeds and propagated over 500 plants.

The CACTP is delivered by our Perth team in partnership with Chevron Australia. The program provides Aboriginal people in the Perth region the opportunity to receive training and experience in the conservation sector, whilst creating a space for mentorship and pathways to employment.

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Above, CACTP assists Rangers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions (DBCA) with fence repair at Twin Swamps Nature Reserve – one of the few reserves remaining with populations of the endangered Western Swamp Tortoise.

With the project due to finish in April, the team has almost completed their training – they are now able to safely spray invasive weeds and use machinery such as brush cutters, hedge trimmers and augers. Just chainsaw operation training to go!

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The CACTP had fun during their machinery training day at Bannister Creek (above left). Dan (above, middle right) from SERCUL, kindly provided machinery and guidance, and in-turn – our team tackled their blackberry invasion!

The team has been busy assisting land mangers around Perth with conservation activities whilst learning about Aboriginal History and culture. Highlights have included cultural days with Marissa Verma of Bindi Bindi Dreaming, continuing rehabilitation with the South Eastern Regional Centre for Urban Landcare at Bull Creek and site visits to the Noongar Institute of WA and the Wirrpanda Foundation.

I love seeing how the participants get more confident in themselves as they pick up new skills throughout the program”  – Isabella Streckhardt, CACTP Team Leader.

The team will graduate on the 17th April with a Ceremony held at Yanchep National Park. Our next project will be commencing on the 1st of May. If this sounds like something for you – or for a friend or family member, we’d love to have you on-board – please contact us!