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Small blessings
From a 'large scale program' to all our friends, a photo reminder from Amanda of the immense beauty and magic that is at the small scale. This cluster of Banksia flowers has had a visitor, part of the immense swarm of life that pulsates along the Gondwana Link. Let's all count our blessings this holiday season, there is so much that is wonderful about the world we live in.
24/12/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
It's amazing what a few years can do!
They are starting to get lost in all the rapid restoration underway between the Stirling Range and Porongurup National Parks. Hope they find their way home for Xmas.
22/12/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Recognition of Norseman as the heart of the Great Western Woodlands
Congratulations to the Shire of Dundas, and a big thank you to Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman.  Minister Redman has just announced a $1.6 million investment, through the Goldfields-Esperance Revitalisation Fund, for a new cultural, visitor and community precinct in Norseman.According to Minister Redman: "re-inventing the visitor centre will showcase the Great Western Woodlands and indigenous culture of the Norseman area through a number of interpretive elements."The Minister
16/12/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Two way learning at Nowanup with Curtin University
Two way learning at Nowanup got a lovely boost yesterday. Curtin University staff and Noongar Elders met at Nowanup to plan out a program of learning from and supporting each other. Curtin University is expanding its program of bringing groups of students to Nowanup to camp on country and learn about Noongar culture and land management. In return these students will use their skills and knowledge to assist the Noongar
02/12/2016
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
Ngadju Conservation at the Indigenous Desert Alliance
Proud to be involved with the Indigenous Desert Alliance - where the people looking after the living heart of Australia come together. Ngadju Conservation Coordinator Les Schultz attended their annual workshop in Perth, along with key Gondwana Link staff Mike Griffiths and Peter Price. Ngadju Conservation are a founding member of the Alliance, which now involves some 20 ranger groups from the central desert and surrounding areas. Les updated his
17/11/2016
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Elder speaks about Bungalbin (Helena and Aurora Range)
On 13 November 2016 Brian Champion (Elder, Traditional Owner of Kalamaia Kapurn People) speaks for his people from Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin. The Range, known as Bungalbin to his people, Brian says that the beauty of Bungalbin needs to be "left alone" - to leave it as it is for all generations, of all peoples, to enjoy long in to the future. Don’t destroy Bungalbin by mining ithttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hljNjej5F0
17/11/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Glen Steven wins Greening Australia's New Leader Award
Congratulations to our colleague Glen Steven who has won Greening Australia’s New Leader Award. Glen helps to manage three of Greening’s properties in the Fitzgerald to Stirling section of Gondwana Link and is a leader in direct seeding technology and the use of Geographic Information Systems. Glen is also the on-ground person implementing their Gondwana Link 20 Million Trees project, which is restoring some 800ha on numerous properties across the
16/11/2016
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
So what is killing these trees?
There are extensive areas of dead Salmon Gums adjoining the State Barrier Fence between Lake Deborah and Koolyanobbing, also a report of similar down by the Lake Varley Gate. Has anyone noticed this elsewhere, or have ideas on what is causing it? It does seem to be mainly Salmon Gums that are dying. We've sent a query on this to our colleagues at the Department of Agriculture, who manage the
13/11/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Cape to Cape Catchment Group seeks broader role
Congratulations to our friends and colleagues at Cape to Cape Catchments Group for a successful AGM and the addition of some wonderful new Board Members. One to keep an eye on, as they are assembling a fair bit of grunt and have some big plans. The Cape-to-Cape Catchments Group is intent on rebadging itself to make good on its position as the region's premier environmental defender. Full story at http://www.amrtimes.com.au/?33182796
13/11/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Flashback to 2003 at Chingarrup Sanctuary
Flashback. For those enjoying our previous post on all the good people with good will doing good work on and around Chingarrup Sanctuary at present, we dug these out of the (now extensive) archive. A slightly younger Eddy and Donna Wajon relaxing in their newly renovated quarters, plus some of what the front paddock looked like in 2003 (this is where their interview in the 'Giving back to country' video
04/11/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Margaret River Bioblitz 2016
Another Cape to Cape Catchments Group BioBlitz - this time around Mammoth Cave and the surrounding karri forest. The Cape to Cape group hold these events regularly and it gives locals and visitors the opportunity to learn more about the plants and animals they live with. There are activities for school groups, wildflower walks, spotlighting, talks and more.
19/10/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
A freshwater gem in a naturally saline landscape
A lovely photo essay by our friends the Janickes featuring one of the, surprisingly, lesser known parts of the Great Western Woodlands. In its south-west corner (north east of Ravensthorpe) is some amazingly diverse bushland, and an important reminder that, even in the naturally saline landscapes of south-western Australia, freshwater and breeding frogs once featured in the waterways. This section of the Woodlands has the 'largely pristine' headwaters of three
17/10/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
The world's vanishing wild places are vital for saving species
No, this article published in The Conversation isn't about Gondwana Link. Yes, the article below is about the most fundamental ecological objective of Gondwana Link - maintaining evolutionary processes for the long haul. It is not enough to save, for now, the last few of any of the multitude of rare species here. This article is about the critical need for abundance in nature. "We are not just losing wild
12/10/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Ngadju Dancers at the Sydney Opera House
James Schultz and the Ngadju dancers are performing at the Sydney Opera House Sunday 9th October in the Homeground National Indigenous Dance Competition. Enjoy yourselves and meeting other dancers, artists and musicians from First Nation peoples from round the world. Go Ngadju Nation, protectors of the Great Western Woodlands!
08/10/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
BioBlitz at Chingarrup Sanctuary
A week-long Bio-blitz has just finished at Chingarrup Sanctuary, in the Fitz-Stirling section of Gondwana Link. Owners Eddy and Donna Wajon have hosted a procession of studious visitors, with great knowledge gained across a range of disciplines - cultural sites recorded and mapped, even more orchids recorded, river pool bathymetry mapped, aquatic ecology benchmarked, wildflower surveys and even more orchids recorded, again. Some highlights of the week have been captured
01/10/2016
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Exploring the interaction between SW Australia's earliest human inhabitants and its flora.
Here's one of the many inspiring people who are doing great work across the biologically richest corner of the Australian continent. Alison Lullfitz is a PhD student in the field of ethnobotany, based at the UWA - Albany Centre."By working collaboratively with Noongar Traditional Owners and archaeologists on a range of investigations, my ethnobotanical research explores interactions between South West Australia’s earliest human inhabitants and its flora.It's focused in the Esperance
30/09/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Gondwana Link helping renew age-old relationship between Indigenous people and the land
Great story on the ABC from last Thursday's Bush Heritage Australia's event celebrating their involvement in Gondwana Link. Well done all.
30/09/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Celebrating restoration success in the Fitz-Stirling region
So great to be out there celebrating the transformations from paddock to growing woodlands at Monjebup (Bush Heritage) and Yarraweyah (privately owned) properties. The whole mob were there hosted by Bush Heritage, welcomed by Eugene Eades and Elders, sponsors, supporters, Greening Australia, Green Skills, scientists, volunteers.... You name them they were there - more than 130 of them!! The Fitz-Stirling Link is a great showcase for the whole Link -
29/09/2016
Posted by: Louise Duxbury
Albany Wildflower Society at Chingarrup Sanctuary
Seems that there is something good happening every day in the Fitz-Stirling section of Gondwana Link. The Albany Wildflower Society have been out there recently as part of a whirlwind of activity happening on Eddy and Donna Wajon's Chingarrup Sanctuary. Kath Gray from the Wildflower Society wrote:"Wonderful 2 days spent at Chingarrup and Nowanup properties, learning about how to sample for Macro-invertebrates from local river systems, creeks and rock pools.
28/09/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Campout at Bungalbin (Helena and Aurora Range)
Big gathering of good people at Bungalbin (Helena and Aurora Range), all determined to save this jewel from imminent mining. For more information on Bungalbin here.
24/09/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Coolgardie kids write book on the Great Western Woodlands
Coolgardie kids get their book out on the Great Western Woodlands! Fantastic effort supported by key locals and driven along by Catrina and the Millenium Kids crew. Great to see.
20/09/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Barrier fence under Public Environmental Review
A small win for better environmental process in WA. We welcome last week’s brave decision by WA’s Environmental Protection Authority to undertake a Public Environmental Review (PER) of the State Government’s proposal to extend the current State Barrier Fence (adding some 660kms to thethe old Rabbit Proof Fence from just east of Ravensthorpe to Cape Arid). Royalties for Regions funding for fence construction was jointly announced by the Ministers for
12/09/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Wildflower season is underway
It's one hell of a wildflower season now underway right across Gondwana Link. Thanks to Peter Luscombe from Ranges Link for this little reminder to those of us stuck in an office this week. Peter says "Hakea oldfieldii, one of the rare Hakeas native to our farm & the southern sector of the Ranges Link zone. Flowering now."
30/08/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
2016 WA Scientist of the Year
Congratulations to Kingsley Dixon for being named WA's Scientist of the Year. Incredibly well deserved. We have had the pleasure of working with Kingsley over many years. Amongst his many significant roles and achievements, Kingsley is Curtin Professor at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, the foundation Chair of the Society for Ecological Restoration Australia, and one of the modern botanical pioneers who have elevated our knowledge of south-western Australia so
30/08/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
'This Visceral Landscape' exhibition
‘This Visceral Landscape’ exhibition opened last night at the Vancouver Arts Centre in Albany. A big crowd was there to see Keith Bradby open the exhibition of photographic images and video-sound works by Louise Allerton and Julian Knowles. Visceral means instinctual, primitive or gut. But my reaction to the works was from the heart and emotional. Perhaps these reactions are visceral – I’m still thinking about it. Louise’s gentle images
12/08/2016
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
Welcome to Ngadju Country entry signs
Wonderful to see these new signs in place recognising Ngadju country. Congratulations to Ngadju Conservation and the Shire of Dundas for working together on this initiative. A great start to NAIDOC week for Ngadju. Yalunya Ngartawarri ngalba yungah Ngadju wamu indeed! (Welcome tree bushland big)
05/07/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
A flourishing program thanks to your help
From the weird and whacky world of south western plants, we bring you the 'eucalypt' version of where we have got to with Gondwana Link. This Eucalyptus lehmanni bud has one delightful flower out, another on the way, and lots more just needing some sunlight. When they are all out together it is an amazingly beautiful sight. Well, we reckon all the wonderful people and groups working across Gondwana Link
29/06/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Call for comment of Barrier Fence extension
Oh dear! We do try and work to the positive, but . . . The WA Environmental Protection Authority have just called for comment (by 30 June) on whether to formally assess the WA Department of Agriculture's proposal to extend the current Barrier Fence (the 1902 Rabbit Proof Fence) for a further 660kms, so as to totally enclose South-western Australia. Needless to say, it goes at right angles to the
23/06/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Balijup: A Jewel in Gondwana Link
Balijup: A Jewel in Gondwana Link' is a great ~6 minute film on Balijup Farm available on YouTube. Balijup is a special property in Western Australia’s Great Southern region. Today it is a shining example of landcare. Settled by the Hordacre family in the 1920s, this unique farm comprises over 700 hectares of lakes, wetlands, bush and plantations, as well as 120 hectares of cropland. This film shows how community
17/06/2016
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
Bill and Jane Thompson's restoration work
The wonderful Bill and Jane Thompson have also just featured in a great story in the Albany Advertiser which notes that Carbon Neutral Fund executive director Ray Wilson said "the Thompsons and Albany planting contractor Justin Jonson [Threshold Environmental] had created the Fund’s most successful carbon farming project in Australia, in terms of the number of plant species."Here is the full story from https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/regional/great-southern/a/31843408/future-fa
16/06/2016
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
'Living Gondwana: A Sense of Place' exhibition currently in Albany
Pleased you have a second chance to take in the 'Living Gondwana: A Sense of Place' exhibition that is now hanging at the Vancouver Art Centre in Albany. This exhibition showcases the artworks inspired by two Eco-Art retreats at the Balijup Homestead (Tenterden, WA). Exhibition finishes 23 June 2016
13/06/2016
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
Happy third birthday for this (new) bush
We were fortunate to be on Bill and Jane Thompson's Yarraweyah property (in the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link) three years to the day from when the work of restoring their latest 100ha planting started. Yep, that bush behind us is only three years old, and so far has over 270 species in it, all local provenance. Congratulations to Bill and Jane (centre of photo) seen here with Alison
10/06/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Release of the 'Birds of the Great Western Woodlands' report by BirdLife Australia and The Nature Conservancy
Late May 2016 saw bird enthusiasts and others come together at the University Club, University of Western Australia, to celebrate the release of the 'Birds of the Great Western Woodlands' report by BirdLife Australia and The Nature Conservancy.Although the Great Western Woodlands (GWW) covers 16 million hectares little was known about the region’s birds. In 2011 BirdLife and TNC established a project to address this knowledge gap. Over the next
31/05/2016
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
Geoff Bastyan wins the 2016 GSDC medal
Congratulations to Geoff Bastyn, who through his efforts (independent of ours) has demonstrated what a wonderful centre of restoration effort we work from. A world leader in seagrass restoration indeed! Its great to be surrounded by such committed (sea) grass roots luminaries. Well done Geoff. Article on Geoff Bastyan's work from Science Network available here.
27/05/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Opening of the 'Living Gondwana: A Sense of Place' exhibition
Great opening of the 'Living Gondwana: A Sense of Place' exhibition last night at the Old Buttery Factory Studios in Denmark. Joey Williams gave a welcome to country and explained the story behind the large canvas that many were involved in painting. Jessie Gloede read some beautiful poetry inspired by Balijup farm and Marie Limondin accompanied the reading on violin. Then we watched the short film created by Craig Carter
20/05/2016
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
Cultural art camp at Balijup
“We have met here on the same page that we call art and the thread of creativity has drawn us together” said Nikki Green last weekend at the ‘Living Gondwana’ Eco-Art Camp. Basil Schur from Green Skills facilitated the camp at Balijup Farm in Tenterden, in the middle of the Forest to Stirlings section of Gondwana Link. Eager participants, from budding to experienced artists, were joined by Carolyn and Cheryl
30/04/2016
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
Crunchy leaf litter underfoot is the quintessential Australian bushwalking experience.
Right? Well, No actually, that's only in recent years. The first time I walked through an area with lots of Woylies I found myself walking on moist compost like material, the result of frenetic soil scratching and food searching by the Woylies. So its been great to see this very important and impressive data and analysis on litter accumulation when a more complete suite of Australia's pre 1788 native mammals
31/03/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Consuming Eden in the Esperance Bioregion
Great to see the Esperance folk running this event on the importance and beauty of the land that makes up such an important part of their Shire. It's on for two weeks from Friday and being opened by Peter Price, Project Manager, Great Western Woodlands, Gondwana Link.With many thanks to the exhibition sponsors: Esperance Community Arts, The Wilderness Society WA, Shire of Esperance, Esperance Honey, South Coast Natural Resource Management
29/03/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Cooking up a storm at the Bush University.
The Elder in Residence at Curtin University’s Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Associate Professor Simon Forest, has brought a group of mixed-course students to Nowanup. With little idea of what they were in for, the cohort left Nowanup on Thursday deeply moved and inspired by the Gondwana Link and Nowanup story. Several are keeping in touch and plan to return to Nowanup’s Bush University to further explore Noongar culture, issues, our
29/03/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
What difference do tracks make?
Many thanks Keren Raiter for making time during your Easter break to give Albany folks a rerun of your final PhD presentation on the enigmatic effects of linear infrastructure on the Great Western Woodlands. Through your work you estimated that there are 150,000 km of roads/tracks in the Great Western Woodlands with 74% of these unmapped. Impressive work to quantify linear disturbance and the effects it is having. 
26/03/2016
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
Plan-do-review-expand - - then fly?
A good few days in Norseman with Ngadju Conservation, where the Ranger team joined with Elders and planners to review progress and talk about some ambitious plans to secure ongoing funding. We had a refresher look at the Ngadju Conservation Action Plan, developed by Ngadju with Paula Deegan last year, had planner Nic Gambold share his experiences with Ranger groups in northern Australia, and then had ‘Drone Master’ John Chandler
25/03/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Ngadju Rangers build capacity to boost nationally significant conservation
A good round up of recent progress by Ngadju Conservation is in this Month's issue of Rangelands NRM news - including the new premises and the quarantine fence established around the Noogoora Burr infestation. Great to see everyone working together so well.
21/03/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
'South-west WA loses its Mediterranean climate'
In effect, that means less rain in the growing season over May-October, less winter waterlogging of land and more summer rains'.My goodness - the farming community are now measuring this massive change, and they are not the only ones affected. Looks like we'd better hurry up and finish this here Gondwana Link - the bush needs it.science.net.au article 
09/03/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Celebrating in style!
Cape to Cape Catchments Group have just had their annual celebration and supporters night, and what a great night it was. Spectacular surroundings, hospitality and wine for all the guests - courtesy of Voyager Estate - plus inspiring stories and distinguished company. WA Minister for Regional Development, pictured here between Capes Deputy Chair Stuart Hicks and Chair Boyd Wykes, gave a great talk (and a short one, well done Terry!)
09/03/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Nowanup: Healing country, healing people.
The ongoing restoration work at Nowanup, in the Fitz-Stirling section of Gondwana Link, has been highlighted in a short article published on-line today by the journal Ecological Management and Restoration. The map shows the ‘Karta-Wongkin-Jini’ (place where people come together) area, planted last year. It was designed and implemented by Noongar leader Eugene Eades and restoration ecologist Justin Jonson. The design represents Noongar communities across the region. ‘The plantin
07/03/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Fabulous sculpture awarded
Belated congratulations to Gondwana Link’s friend Kim Perrier, who recently won the ‘Allens Peoples Choice Award' at Bondi’s ‘Sculptures by the Sea’. Kim’s ‘Ashes to Ashes’ is a dead Marri stump, from a tree believed to be over 400 years old, with 65 faces - every face in a state of contentment or meditation. As one onlooker said "Everyone in the tree wants to be there". Seven cultural groups of
01/03/2016
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‘Creative Environmental Immersion’ - the Living Gondwana Eco Art camp
This camp held at Balijup farm, in the Stirlings to Forest section of the Link, has been a great success. Held over three days, the 23 participants found their inspiration in the bush and wetlands conserved on the property, and explored all manner of mediums to express what their eyes and minds saw. The event was coordinated by Nikki Green and Green Skills, with Janine McCrum and Robyn Lees being the
20/02/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
CSIRO canteen with Peter Brenton and friends
We are tackling the big (and slightly scary) question of what makes for good data management to demonstrate trends, priorities and outcomes (across a thousand kilometres or two). Cooperation with our Great Eastern Ranges Initiative (GERI) colleagues continued after our recent Board meeting. We travelled to Canberra with GERI’s Gary Howling to meet with Veronica Doerr, from CSIRO’s Ecosystems and Biodiversity section, and Peter Brenton from the Atlas of Living
18/02/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Black Mountain Laboratories
Public good research no longer valued? Overshadowing Gondwana Link and Great Eastern Ranges wonderfully productive visit to CSIRO’s Black Mountain facility was the widespread concern about ongoing redundancy’s and their impact on the ‘public good’ work that CSIRO has a global reputation for. While announcement of major redundancies amongst climate change scientists has hit the media, there has also been steady attrition underway across many of the other Divisions, most
18/02/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Healthy country – Healthy people.
Ngadju Conservation’s Les Schultz talks on national radio about the importance of Ranger programs, and the incredible value they provide for outback communities. Link to interview.
16/02/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Photo monitoring burnt-out malleefowl nest mounds
Work to monitor recovery from last November’s devastating fires in the Great Western Woodlands is well underway. Ngadju Rangers have already located and established photo monitoring points at a number of burnt-out malleefowl nest mounds. A simple GPS mapped star picket is set up as the camera base for photos to be taken at regular intervals for the next 10-15-20 years, or however long it takes for leaf litter to
15/02/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Working together across Australia.
Gondwana Link’s Board met this week with key members of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative (GERI), our main ‘equivalent’ organisation in Australia. GERI is supporting on-ground efforts in three states, Victoria, NSW and Queensland, and was established by the NSW Government, who continue to fund parts of the program. Despite our totally different origins (GERI grew as a government program, and Gondwana from the private sector) we have long recognised
15/02/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Visit by WA Environment Minister Albert Jacobs
A big thank you to WA Environment Minister Albert Jacobs, Minister Jacobs dropped into the Gondwana Link Albany office on Thursday with key staff. CEO Keith Bradby, Information Manager Amanda Keesing, Board member Louise Duxbury and Lucia Quearry from Ranges Link met with the Minister. We really appreciated his time and the opportunity to outline the overall program, and shared his enthusiasm for what can be achieved given the compression
11/02/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
Waterfall flows after recent south coast rains
It has been a while since the waterfall on Bill and Jane Thompson's property 'Yarraweyah Falls' has thundered down the rocks like this. The land received 3 soaking days of rain (totaling 44mm) then another 43mm during a storm the following day. The restoration plantings as well as the bushland will be enjoying a drink.
21/01/2016
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
'Invisible Country' book launch in Margaret River.
For those who can't make the Albany launch of Bill's book, down in Great Southern wine country, here's an opportunity in Margaret River wine country.Margaret River BookShop will celebrate the release of author and Radio National broadcaster, Bill Bunbury's Invisible Country, South-West Australia: Understanding a Landscape at 6.15pm Thursday 21st January in great style with Dr. Carmen Lawrence, Chair Australian Heritage Council, doing the honours.Award winning, local organic Peacetree Estate
04/01/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
‘Invisible Country’ - Bill Bunbury’s new book on south-western Australia
‘Invisible Country’ - Bill Bunbury’s new book on south-western Australia, was released last week by UWA Press, and it’s a ripper. To quote the blurb ‘Invisible Country is a reminder that the land owns people, not the other way around, and marks the beginning of a conversation about understanding and care for a land we are all lucky to live in’. Buy the book now, and spend your Xmas with
04/01/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby
National Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in Australia
In time for your Xmas reading! SERA (Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia) has just released their Draft ‘NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR THE PRACTICE OF ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION IN AUSTRALIA’, which are open for comment until February 15 2015. For the last 3 years, the Society and 12 partner organizations (including Gondwana Link) have been collaborating on the development of these Standards. We’re excited to now see them ‘out there’, - a national
04/01/2016
Posted by: Keith Bradby