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Sharing cultural heritage and skills for working on Country

Workshop participants at ArrawarraIn the lead up to NAIDOC Week in July, North Coast Local Land Services is celebrating the range of exciting and innovative cultural connection projects that are helping build relationships with Local Aboriginal Land Councils, key environment management organisations and the North Coast Aboriginal community.

North Coast Local Land Services has four Working on Country projects in the Coffs Harbour, Dorrigo and Grafton areas with funding provided by the National Landcare Programme and the NSW Government Catchment Action program.

Recently, Aboriginal Green Teams working for Grafton, Coffs Harbour and Dorrigo Local Aboriginal Land Councils, met to share experiences of working on Country with their local elders and partner organisations.

With participants representing Darrunda Wajaarr, Yarrawarra Giirin, Dorrigo and Ngurrala Green Teams, it was an opportunity for the Green Teams to share their experiences of working on Country with each other. The cultural knowledge and skill sharing event was also an opportunity for the teams to improve their bush regeneration and management skills.

The event commenced at Arrawarra Headland with local elders sharing the history of the Arrawarra Fish Traps and exploring the extensive bush regeneration project that has been undertaken by Coffs Local Aboriginal Land Council and EnviTE.  Teams have been working on an extensive area controlling weeds to protect and enhance endangered communities and threatened species over the last six months. Work sites have included the Back Sandy Beach / Bare Bluff area, Arrawarra Headland, Arrawarra Creek, Look-at-me-now Headland and Macauleys Headland.

Recognising the importance of engagement with Aboriginal communities, North Coast Local Land Services has recently formed an Aboriginal Community Advisory Group.

Barry Williams, Senior Land Services Officer said, “Our aim is to develop partnerships that will improve networks, collaboration, connection to Country and improved career pathways in land management.

“The Aboriginal Community Advisory Group provides a vital communication, consultation and engagement forum to help us deliver services to Aboriginal communities on the North Coast,” Barry said.

Media contact:

Shaun Morris, Senior Land Services Officer, Phone 6659 9402

Photo captions:

Participants listen to local elder Milton Duroux present a history of the Arrawarra Fish Traps.