An impressive number of individuals have shown outstanding committment to Gondwana Link. Contributions range from donating funds to volunteering to purchasing, restoring and loving key properties along the Link. Contributions large and small all help to build the link. Read more on how you can help and individual action.
Many groups are undertaking and supporting the work needed to achieve the Gondwana Link vision. Some of them are described below with links so you can find out more. If your group is doing work that you would like to be linked here, contact us.
Natural resource management and catchment groups
Across Gondwana Link, many groups are involved in a wide range of sustainability and environmental work. Where Federal Government funding supports their work, this is often delivered through regional natural resource management groups - South Coast NRM, Rangelands NRM; Wheatbelt NRM (who also cover part of the Great Western Woodlands) and South West Catchments Council.
There are many active catchment scale groups working to conserve land, water and the nature they support. The Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee works with farmers and other landowners in the catchment to fence off remnant vegetation, revegetate strategic areas, and encourage the uptake of on-farm practices that reduce nutrient inputs to the waterways. Other groups include the Blackwood Basin Group and the Ravensthorpe Agricultural Initiative Network (RAIN).
Several tertiary education institutions conduct research or assist in other ways to build the understanding of the ecological and social systems operating across Gondwana Link. Examples include the Australian National University’s investigations into “green carbon” and other critical aspects of the Great Western Woodlands; The University of Western Australia’s research into aquatic biodiversity and the use of native species in commercial plantings; and Curtin University’s involvement in invertebrate monitoring in restoration sites and participation in planning in the Margaret River area. The University of Queensland’s Ecology Centre currently has conducted a focused program along Gondwana Link, with funds from the Australian Research Council, The Nature Conservancy and The Wilderness Society for a project on climate change and priorities for conservation within Gondwana Link.
Artists and writers
There are many creative communities across Gondwana Link, and we have shamelessly benefited from their work in focusing attention on the landscapes and biodiversity that make up Gondwana Link. MIX Artists, a collective of emerging and established artists from Albany, have worked together since 1999 to implement independent, challenging and innovative art activity in the region. The MIX Artists have worked in local communities through workshops and exhibitions that highlighting the natural diversity of Gondwana Link and subtly draw people’s awareness to their natural environment.
Nowanup has been the venue for a number of exciting programs, many involving regional schools, while the Gondwana Arts program has taken our story, and the wonders of this landscape, into a number of schools across the region, with work by the young artists exhibited in Denmark.
- We also have talented and committed people working regionally in our government agencies:
- the Great Southern Development Commission (among other things, recognise the champions of natural resource management through the presentation of the prestigious Great Southern Development Commission Natural Resource Management medal);
- the Department of Environment and Conservation (among other roles, administer the voluntary Land for Wildlife scheme that encourages and assists private landholders in Western Australia to provide habitats for wildlife on their property, and have very experience operational staff who we delight in working with;
- the Department of Water who manage our waterways and wetlands;
- the Department of Agriculture and Food who assist farmers in improving their production; and
- the Department of Planning and Infrastructure who have the important role of developing regional land use planning strategies.
Are you part of a group contributing to the protection of our landscapes and the nature they support? We’d love to work with you or feature your work here, so please contact us.