A one-off round of funding for Aboriginal people and organisations to undertake on-ground works and cultural activities in southern Tasmania was rolled out in April 2016. These ‘Culturally Inspired’ 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.
In total, five projects received $25,000 in funding. 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.
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 Aboriginal NRM Support Coordinator works 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.
|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 are supported by NRM South through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.