In acknowledgement of NAIDOC Week celebrations, NRM South, Southern Tasmania’s natural resource management organisation, is excited to announce the recipients of our Culturally Inspired grants round. These grants were recently rolled out thanks to the efforts of NRM South’s Aboriginal NRM Support Coordinator, for Aboriginal people and organisations to undertake on-ground works and cultural activities in southern Tasmania. The grants aimed to increase the engagement, participation, employment and capacity of Aboriginal communities to further activities and projects for natural resource management, cultural heritage protection and knowledge sharing. They will also in turn benefit Tasmania’s biodiversity, cultural heritage, land and seascapes.
Through these Culturally Inspired grants, five projects have received a total of $25,000 in funding and incorporate a diverse range of activities. Project areas cover researching sustainable kelp harvesting practices, monitoring Pacific oyster beds, developing a fire management regime to protect Swift Parrot and Forty-spotted Pardalote habitat, holding a cultural youth education camp and protecting coastal cultural heritage through the development of a cultural community and art space.
The grant initiatives allow for an improved Aboriginal custodianship and connection to Country. Many of our natural resources such as bull kelp, angasi oysters , Miena Cider Gum, and birds such as the Swift Parrot and the Forty-spotted Pardalote have elements of both environmental and cultural importance. These grants are also helping to facilitate future cultural heritage protection by providing Aboriginal youth access to resources and environments that teach them the value of culture, family cohesion, community reconnection with ancestors and custodianship.
Donald Coventry, NRM South’s Chief Executive Officer commented: “The Culturally Inspired grants have brought together family members, teachers, scientists, researchers, artists, community groups, local government bodies, industry and NRM South technical staff. The collaboration amongst Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to work together on projects developed by Aboriginal communities is a rewarding experience and worth celebrating. At NRM South we not only want to improve our own staff relationships with the Tasmanian Aboriginal people but we are also keen to assist other community groups, businesses and government bodies develop sustainable partnerships with the Tasmanian Aboriginal people”.
The Culturally Inspired grants are just one activity of many that are underpinned by NRM South’s own ‘Aboriginal Engagement and Participation Framework’ to guide the organisation and support others to better work with Aboriginal communities in southern Tasmania. This Framework has been developed in consultation with many Aboriginal people and organisations.
NRM South’s newly dedicated Aboriginal NRM Support Coordinator has been working with the community to develop many activities such as the development of the Framework to delivery of the grants. These activities have highlighted that local Aboriginal NRM priorities are focused on strengthening community connection to Country and building family and community knowledge about protecting traditional and natural resources into the future. Supporting these priorities is an important step in working with Aboriginal communities.
PROJECTS FUNDED THROUGH NRM SOUTH’S CULTURALLY INSPIRED GRANTS 2016
|Ensuring the long term viability of kelp craft and cultural harvesting practices
palawa Community- sponsored by Karadi Aboriginal Corporation
|Glenorchy – Hobart|
|Building skills in the monitoring of Pacific oyster beds
|Supporting On Country visits for Youth to engage in Aboriginal Culture
palawa Aboriginal Corporation
|Louisa Bay – Huon Valley|
|Creating an Aboriginal Culturally inspired Community Gathering area at Park Beach Park
Park Beach Board Riders sponsored by Sorell Council
|Developing a plan to reduce fuel in threatened species habitat, while protecting important habitat values
weetapoona Aboriginal Corporation
These grants were supported by NRM South through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme. NRM South is one of Australia’s 56 regional natural resource management organisations, and works collaboratively with a range of regional partners, organisations and community on natural resource management priorities.
Photo credits: Seaweed and woven bowls by Leonie Dickson and Verna Nichols.