Gondwana Link
The Walitj Meil Walk Trail Opening

"The Porongurup, which reads like a history book dating back many thousands of years, is a researcher’s dream." So, here's a good place to go for a walk through that history book - a critically important bit of wet forest right in the heart of Gondwana Link - the Porongurup Range National Park. That energetic and incredibly well organised bunch the Friends of the Porongurups have just opened their latest project, the Walitj Meil Walk Trail. Picured here cutting the ribbon at the start of the Trail is Friends Secretary Maggie Shanklin (Secretary), Wendy Williams, Judy MacKinnon (Chair), Glen Colbung, Federal Member Rick Wilson, Peter Hartley from Parks and Wildlife and Loxley Fedec (Committee Member). We also grabbed a photo of the paparazzi the opening attracted, and thank Bo for the photo of Gondwana Link CEO Keith Bradby with Rick Wilson and Oyster Harbour Catchment Group Chair Heather Adams.

As the Friends put it "The Walitj Meil Walk Trail, initiated by the Friends of the Porongurup Range, was funded through a Community Heritage and Icons Grant. The program was designed to support community participation in the promotion of places on Australia’s National Heritage List

The trail was developed in partnership with DBCA; in meetings with the local Noongar community; and with support from South Coast Natural Resource Management’s cultural officers. Scientists, researchers and nature photographers, to name a few, willingly offered assistance when requests were made for information or photos. "The Porongurup, which reads like a history book dating back many thousands of years, is a researcher’s dream. Significant Noongar totems including the Wedge-tailed Eagle, the Mighty Marri and the Wardong (raven) are featured as well as the Iconic Porongurup Karri described by Von Mueller as the Grandest Tree and local flora noted for Noongar use. Bush Melodies highlights a few of the many bird species in the Park. A walking worm endemic to the Porongurup who boasts 15 pairs of legs and has remained relatively unchanged for over 500 million years takes its place in Relics to showcase an ancient Gondwanan species.
A portion of Porongurup timber country was set aside 91 years ago to create part of the Park we cherish today. A newspaper photo of officials and guests who attended the Park opening in 1926 was a rare find and is included in Declaration of the Park."

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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 colleagues on the Ngadju Ranger program and the good work underway, and heard lots of good news from elsewhere. It is so wonderful to see Traditional Owners able to continue the land management work of the past 50,000 years.

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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 on film by Craig Carter and Basil Schur from Green Skills, including a focus for Basil's 'Living Lakes of Gondwana Link' program. This will be available on YouTube soon (did we mention Eddy and Donna found even more orchid species on the block?).

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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 people are represented. Aboriginal, Indian (India), Indonesian, North American Indian, Maori, African, Chinese.

Kim has been a great friend of the Noongar program at Nowanup in the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link, and has posted many videos and photos of the ongoing work there. He has also helped our Ngadju friends in the Great Western Woodlands (see some of the photos).

Well done Kim. See more at http://www.perrier.com.au/ashes-to-ashes.htm

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