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Cultural Mapping and Management of the Middle Gairdner River
Fabulous day at Jerramungup today celebrating the completion of the ‘Cultural Mapping and Management of the Middle Gairdner River’ project and the launch of the associated Cultural Heritage Action Plan. The Yarramoup Aboriginal Corporation undertook this project with support and involvement of other local Noongar Elders, the Nowanup Rangers, Applied Archaeology Australia, Gondwana Link and the University of Western Australia. Thanks to State NRM for project funding.
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Feral Cat workshop
Last Friday's Feral Cat workshop, organised by Oyster Harbour Catchment Group, was a great success. The day consisted of a series of self-managed, open discussions on topics put forward by the participants! The flavour of the topics varied from ‘Is it worth undertaking a feral cat control if it is not part of an integrated feral control program?’ and ‘How can we collaborate more effectively?’ to ‘How do we win the hearts and minds of people to better manage cats?’?
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
Gondwana Link's Biodiversity Trail is happening!
Gondwana Link's Biodiversity Trail is happening! Many thanks to Regional Development Minister Alannah McTiernan, who this morning included our $84,000 bid for the Central Zone Pilot Trail when announcing successful applicants for the Great Southern Regional Economic Development Grants. We initially worked with the Great Southern Development Commission and many community groups to develop the concept in 2015, and then had a few hold-ups. Great to get started and have so many colleagues keen to b
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Filming to make short documentaries
Yes we are out there gathering some of many stories about the wonderful people, groups and places we work with. Gondwana Link now has an ongoing program of short documentaries, and maybe a a long one or two, with 'Sound in the Ground' the first to be filmed. Its incredibly exciting what local groups like Friends of the Porongurups have achieved, and its time to share that excitement with a much wider audience.
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Nowanup Rangers blitz on Victorian Tea Tree
Wonderful to see the first people of the country out managing the country. Well done Nowanup Rangers, Fitzgerald Biosphere Group and all involved.
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New bushland looking great
They are proud of their new bushland out in Ranges Link - and so they should be. Looking great! Woogenellup local species mix direct seeded, matched to soil type.
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Nowanup Bush University is a happening thing!
Nowanup Bush University is a happening thing! A great launch at Curtin University yesterday for the competing designs for the Bush University. Some fantastic concepts put forward, and we now know the judging is going to be very very difficult.
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Rain triggers tree planting
Enough rain to start getting those seedlings into the ground, and hopefully more rain coming this week to water them in. Today Errol Eades and Jason Bolton are working north of Cranbrook on the first planting in Greening Australia's current 1000 ha program across Gondwana Link (funded through the Australian Government's 20 Million Trees program).
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Porongurup 'Art in the Park'
We have to share these great pics by Frank Rijavec and Barbara Madden of the recent ‘Art in the Park’ exhibition hosted by the Friends of the Porongurup Range. Frank’s pictures show ‘Steel Feather’ by Kevin Draper; ‘Pelican Pete’ by Brad Lucas; ‘Re-pressed’ by Paul Elliot; ‘Mountain Mural’ by South Stirling Primary School. Barb’s photos show her cyclist friends enjoying ‘Peddling Back in Time’ by Luke Barker, and ‘280’ parrots by Dave Taylor. Enjoy!
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Fences and connectivity
A global collective of renowned scientists has produced a good, if slightly gruesome in its photos, article about the damage big fences do to connectivity across the world.
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A must see!
Blessed with another large Noongar painting in the Gondwana Link office foyer. Basil Schur (Green Skills) commissioned this canvas by Errol Eades and his partner Audrey Bolton.
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Dingo fence dismantlement could help farmers and the environment
Now here's some thoughts that will stir up discussion and differing viewpoints. But to us its a discussion we need to have.
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Doesn't get much cuter than this!
This cute snap of a honey possum was captured by Bush Heritage Australia during their fauna monitoring on our Yarraweyah Falls property.
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High water: How design might help fix the Wheatbelt’s water woes
Agricultural land in one of Australia’s most important rural economies is trapped in a cycle of continuous degeneration. Could the implementation of a more carefully designed and planned landscape ecology prevent catastrophe?
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Money does grow on trees!
Money does grow on trees! Greening Australia is restoring nature, fighting climate change and covering some of their costs, all on the one property in Gondwana Link.
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Another 1300 hectares
Another 1300 hectares of restoration starting soon! Congratulations to our friends in Greening Australia who have just secured significant funding from the 20Million Trees program for an impressive 1300 hectares of plantings in Gondwana Link's Central Zone, to be completed in the next two years.
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'Seeing like an eagle' Invitation
An invitation to Poornarti 'Seeing Like an Eagle' cultural art weekend, January 2018, Denmark A creative and participatory art and culture workshop. You will work with Poornarti's Joey Williams and draw on the beautiful Denmark wetlands and Wilson Inlet landscape. Green Skills is assisting in presenting this workshop and the registration can be found on their website.
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Native Title win for Mirning People
We congratulate our friends to the east of Gondwana Link. This week the Federal Court of Australia handed down a landmark determination for the Nullarbor's Mirning people. This follows an 18 year legal battle for recognition of rights over their traditional land.
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Proud moment for all of us
After many years of support, and our direct administration of the Ranger Team for nearly five years while capacity was built, we have now handed over management of the Ngadju Ranger Team to the Ngadju Conservation Aboriginal Corporation.
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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.
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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
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
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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
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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.
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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!
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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Ngadju Conservation team review actions and plan next steps
The last 3 days have been very rewarding. The Ngadju Conservation team and others met in Norseman to review their priorities for Ngadju land management. During the discussions the older Ngadju women expressed a desire to get out on country with the younger women to clean out rock holes, find bush foods and medicines and hand down their knowledge to the younger generations. There is now a plan to make
Posted by: Amanda Keesing
'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
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)
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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
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'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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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'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 
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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Good news for Christmas.
Good news for Xmas – we are making a difference, there is cause for hope and joy. Here’s the ever smiling personification of good news, good will, good work and Gondwana Link, Amanda Keesing, showing off some of her photography. This year we have had, once again, the pleasure and honour of proudly showcasing the outstanding work done by so many groups, businesses and individuals to achieve Gondwana Link at
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CSIRO and Ngadju tackle bushfires in the Great Western Woodlands
Some good recognition for Ngadju traditional knowledge, and for the work the wonderful Suzanne Prober from CSIRO and others have done helping Ngadju document their knowledge. BLOGS.CSIRO.AU 
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Well done to the Norseman Rural Bush Fire Brigade
With November’s terrible fires now over, and as communities continue to deal with the lasting damage and heartache they caused, we’d like to give our heartfelt congratulations and show our respect to the Norseman Rural Bush Fire Brigade. Only really established this year, as part of the Ngadju Conservation program and under the leadership of David Graham, this was truly a testing time for them. Very well done, all of
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Kiwi in Gondwana Link?
No, but over the last couple of years we have helped our colleagues across the Tasman establish their ‘Reconnecting Northland’ program, with four visits as a guest of the Tindall Foundation, and more than a few phone and skype conversations. Trevor Gray, Special Projects Manager with Tindall has reported in: “. . . the photos bear witness to the inspiring day we all had last week visiting Reconnecting Northland with
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Indigenous rangers launch Working for Our Country report in Parliament
The full Pew Report launched in Canberra today (with a little bit of help from us) countryneedspeople.org.au 
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Ngadju go National!
Ngadju Conservation Convenor Les Schultz and Gondwana Link’s Peter Price are in Canberra as guests of the Pew Charitable Trusts. This morning at Parliament House, they joined with other key indigenous leaders, members of parliament and senior departmental figures to launch a major report by Pew outlining the economic and social benefits of Indigenous Ranger and Indigenous Protected Area programs. Rick Wilson MHR, the member for Ngadju Country (sometimes known
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Cactus control at Rawlinna
A team from Ngadju Conservation have been out on the Nullarbor at Rawlinna, working to control invasive cactus. The work, which was organised and funded through the Goldfields-Nullarbor Rangelands Biosecurity Group, involved spraying the bigger cactus clumps, then extensive grid walking to ?detect and destroy? small seedlings hidden amongst the grass and shrubs. Apart from dealing with a hazardous plant, the week marked the beginning of a new
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Infill plantings at Yarrabee
Yarrabee has probably been the most difficult site yet for restoration plantings in the Fitz-Stirling section of Gondwana Link. Water repellent sandy soil, some perennial grass weeds and wind tunnelling from the Stirling Ranges being part of the problem. Greening Australia has now completed this year?s planting of infill seedlings, with a great team pulled together by Eugene Eades, second from right here with fellow planters Chayse Eades, Marlon Hart
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Does our restoration work really nudge evolution along and strengthen ecological resilience?
In another new initiative for the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link, an Australian Research Council Linkage grant of $400,000 has been awarded to a consortium led by Professor Steve Hopper, from the University of WA Albany, along with Dr?s Dave Coates, Margaret Byrne and Melissa Miller from Department of Parks and Wildlife, and Dr Sieggy Krauss from the WA Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority. We are delighted that these
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We’re delighted to announce that Mike Griffiths has joined Gondwana Link’s Great Western Woodlands Program. Mike, pictured here (on the left) with his Program Manager, Peter Price, started work this week as Woodlands Operations Manager, based in the ‘heart of the woodlands’ at Norseman. Mike’s work program has a strong initial focus on supporting our Ngadju Conservation colleagues, as they move from their planning and training phases into extensive on-ground
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Pass the jam please
Scones and Cream based Conservation Action Planning continues. We?re now into the ?next final? stage of helping groups revise the wording and content of plans across the Link. Amanda Keesing and Paula Deegan have developed some standard terminology which ensures groups are talking in the same language.
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Another 800 hectares to be planted
Congratulations to our colleagues in Greening Australia, and especially to Barry Heydenrych. Greening have been successful tenderers for the Australian Government?s 20Million Trees program, and through this will be supporting planting programs in key locations across Australia over the next three years. As the tender was coming together Barry burnt the midnight oil to get the site and planting details together for Gondwana Link?s Central Zone, and as a result
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Another day, another planning session?
Bit more than that this time actually. This group of stalwarts have just spent two days reviewing and revising the long standing ?Functional Landscape Plan? for Gondwana Links Fitz-Stirling section. The plan was first developed in 2004, revised a number of times since, and has guided many millions of dollars worth of land purchase, restoration and management. Six groups involved in this session, and they were still game
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Training in land management
With their Conservation Action Plan all but completed, Ngadju Conservation is increasing their on-ground program. Training in weed identification, mapping and control was undertaken this Thursday and Friday, in a delightfully shady ‘classroom’. Training turned to action pretty fast when a nasty patch of Noogoora Burr was found during the initial weed survey at Bromus Dam. A few hours later the patch had been mapped onto the database and killed!
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Finalising the Ngadju Conservation Action Plan
Big progress being made by Ngadju Conservation. This week saw a two day workshop to finalise their Conservation Action Plan, which covers the Ngadju Native Title area in the Great Western Woodlands. Gondwana Link?s Plan Facilitator Paula Deegan worked through and confirmed key decisions in the draft Plan with the group, and got additional direction on changes to be made before the Plan is finalised. Then it was
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Ngadju Conservation at Australian Rangelands Society Conference
A big gathering for the Outback in Alice Springs this week, with the Australian Rangelands Society Conference in full swing. We were delighted to support a strong Ngadju presence, with Ngadju Conservation's David Graham (on the right of the picture) presenting on their land management program, and trainees Eric Wilson and Matt McKenzie (centre) able to meet with Traditional Owners running similar programs across Australia. Gondwana Link's Peter Price (on
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What a shocker
Despite the local emphasis on firm and decisive 'rapid response' to fires in the Great Western Woodlands, a lightning strike between near Lake Hope, between Hyden and Norseman, has now burnt for almost two weeks, blackening some 120,000 hectares of woodland, heath and mallee. The local teams were on the job pretty smartly, and consider the fire was almost contained within its first four days. They were then instructed to
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Ngadju Native Title determination
Congratulations to our Ngadju friends and colleagues for gaining legal recognition of their Native Title. An historic day, with many more to come as they resume authority over their country.ABC story  'Native title claim for Ngadju people in Western Australia's Goldfields recognised after 18 years'.
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Ranges Link in north Queensland
With much appreciated support from The Nature Conservancy, Mark Waud was able to join a training course for Conservation Coaches outside Cairns. Mark was introduced to Open Standards and CAP through his work as Co-ordinator with the Oyster Harbour Catchment Group, and has been involved in development of Conservation Action Plans the Ranges Link and Stirlings to Many Peaks sections of Gondwana Link. Always quick on the uptake, he now
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Gondwana Panorama exhibition opens in Denmark
An inspiring opening of the second Gondwana Panorama Exhibition, this time at the Butter Factory Studio in Denmark. Focused on the Gondwana Link landscape and the human connection to it, the exhibition showcases photographic, film and art works. The eight Butter Factory Studio artists collaborated to produce a range of artworks inspired by their time at the Hordacre’s ‘Balijup’ farm near Tenterden, located in Gondwana Link’s Forest to Stirlings area.
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Ngadju Conservation’s program support from Rangelands NRM
Gondwana Link has just announced its next program with Ngadju Conservation, with this stage funded through support from Rangelands NRM. As the ABC’s WA Country Hour reports, “A program aimed at conserving the traditional land management practices of the Ngadju people is underway near Norseman. The program is a collaboration between Rangelands Natural Resource Management, Gondwana Link and the local indigenous community. The five year project will include fire mitigation,
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Innovation to improve restoration
Restoration work is well underway on Bush Heritage's Monjebup North property. When completed, and grown up, over 400 hectares will be returned to the bush, making a critically important link between all Bush Heritage's Monjebup Reserves and the Corackerup Nature Reserve. A big step forward for connectivity in the Fitz-Stirling section of Gondwana Link. The restoration work builds on previous experience on Peniup and other properties, and the
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'Granite & Woodlands Conservation Plan'
The latest Conservation Action Plan within Gondwana Link is now done (at least until we revise it!). The 'Granite & Woodlands Conservation Plan' covers 1.2 million ha of the Great Western Woodlands. The Plan took an important step forward this week when Shire of Kondinin representatives on the planning team met in Hyden with the Ngadju Conservation Group spokesperson, Les Schultz and Gondwana Link?s Paula Deegan and Keith Bradby,
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Exchanging knowledge
Ngadju young leaders joined the Millennium Kids 'Project Explore' program in the Kambalda Nature Reserve, Great Western Woodlands, with the kids learning how to use binoculars whilst teaching the scientists a thing or two about bushtucker!
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Ngadju representation at the World Indigenous Network Conference
Here's the Ngadju Conservation team (James Schultz, Les Schultz, David Graham and Daniel Graham) visiting Darwin for the World Indigenous Network Conference. Ngadju land straddles the Great Western Woodlands and the Nullarbor. Gondwana Link’s Peter Price organised the trip and we feel really proud that, together with the Pew Environment Group, we have helped these Ngadju men connect with like-minded colleagues from northern Australia and around the world.
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Busy birds in revegetated areas
It's springtime across Gondwana Link, and birds are doing what birds do in spring. Over the past few years there have been very encouraging results coming in from Bush Heritage's Ecological Outcomes Monitoring on restored sites within the Link. Many small bird species are returning to the revegetated areas including the threatened Western Whipbird.
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Healthy Land-Healthy People
Earlier this year Gondwana Link was approached by the Environmental Officer of the Western Australian Medical Students' Society (WAMSS) about 6th year medical students undertaking plantings to support Gondwana Link. WAMSS purchased trees and seeds and then a group of students undertook the planting and direct seeding for the Ranges Link team just north of the Porongurups, along the Galgajup creekline (in full hospital kit!). WAMSS has arranged to have
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Restoration Standards Review
A set of agreed Restoration Standards has been developed to guide work in Gondwana Link, with the initial pilot being the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link. Today we subjected the Standards to a pretty rigorous Peer Review, with the generously provided input of Richard Hobbs (UWA), Ric How (WA Museum), Jan Henry (Ninox Consulting), and Sarah Comer (DEC).
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This is the site for a flourishing habitat?
A gathering of the Ranges Link Conservation Action Planning team - Mark Ward, Barry Heydenrych, Judy Hunt, Heather Adams, Peter Luscombe, and Lucia Quearry - at a rock shelter near Lake Kayermindyip on another scouting trip looking at fencing and revegetation sites near the lake.
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Forest to Stirlings planning well underway
Conservation Action Planning is well underway in the Forests to Stirling section of Gondwana Link. The program is led by Green Skills and the Gillamii Centre, with planning support provided by Gondwana Link through Greening Australia?s Barry Heydenrych.
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Recipes for success
The Ranges Link team have a reputation for incorporating scones, jam and cream and great sandwiches into their planning workshops. But this is only one of their strategies for success, decades of knowledge, years of work and astute judgement calls have helped as well. The team is now implementing their Conservation Action Plan (CAP) through replanting, mapping particular vegetation systems to build their knowledge-base, strategic fencing that excludes
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Creativity abounded!
Another great week for at Nowanup, with art students from schools across the Great Southern coming together for a Gondwana Youth Arts Camp. Congratulations to Nicki Green and Basil Schur for initiating and running this great event.
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An overview of Chereninup plantings
The 2003 plantings on Bush Heritage's Chereninup Creek Reserve in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area continue to grow and thicken, but as this photo shows, there's still a long way to go before they'll have the same density and ground cover as the adjoining bush. In the background are the existing protected habitats of Chereninup Creek Reserve, and then the 900 ha of covenanted bushland owned and managed by Brian and
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Secured in the nick of time!
Natural regeneration is progressing well on Bush Heritage's Beringa Reserve in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area. The land in the foreground is former paddock, tragically cleared and cropped after 1998. Purchase of the property in 2006 was timely, with sufficient seed bank left in the ground for the bush to steadily return under its own steam, helped by some careful management to remove a few weeds left from its brief period
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Yarrabee restoration progress report
Despite two difficult planting seasons, results from the restoration work on Yarrabee Wesfarmers Reserve is starting to show up from the air. Some 550 hectares of this important property in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area were tackled with biodiverse plantings, and despite windstorms, dry seasons and locust plagues, the work is a valuable contribution to the program. An additional 50ha plantation of sandalwood was added to the southern portion of
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Water sampling
Paula Deegan sampling a pool in Chereninup Creek Reserve. Creeks are an important target in the Fitz Stirling Functional Landscape Plan, yet we have barely any baseline data on their condition. That is changing.
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Cultural Corridors Schools Week
What a great week has just been had at Nowanup, in the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link. Greenings Eugene Eades and South Coast NRM?s Natasha Moore have pulled together another fantastic ?Biodiversity Week? for students from all the local schools, which, as the photos show, included a great immersion into Noongar culture, led by a fantastic dance group down from Ballardong country. Everyone got to learn some Noongar words,
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Monitoring – an ongoing job
Bush Heritage Ecologist Angela Sanders is well into their Ecological Outcomes Monitoring for this season, with sites being checked on all of the main properties across the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area. In the photo Angela is weighing a honey possum that was captured in a pitfall trap on Greening Australia?s Nowanup Reserve.
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The sweet smell of success, and wattle blossom
Eddy and Donna Wajon at their Chingarrup Sanctuary in the Fitz-Stirling section of Gondwana Link, together with Barry Heydenrych, who coordinated the restoration work on the property as part of the Greening Australia-Shell Reconnections project. And all that bush in the background? That?s what Barry and Jack Mercer planted there only three and half years earlier.
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‘Mallet’ plantation on Nowanup
The small ?mallet? plantation on Nowanup is growing well. Mallets are a key conservation target, and their straight stems may have commercial potential as poles. Can we grow them to provide habitat and some financial return? We will let you know in a couple of decades.
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Carbon sequestration planting at Peniup
Justin Jonson and Sam Crowder checking seed at the carbon sequestration planting on Greening Australia's Peniup property in the Link's Fitz-Stirling area. This planting got a good burst of prior planning, designed to demonstrate how 'revegetation' can be done as science-based 'ecological restoration'. Planting was also the first carbon funded effort, by arrangement between Greening Australia and Mirabella Lightbulbs. At 250ha it's ambitious, and it's always a
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Peniup restoration well underway
Massive effort underway to achieve high standard restoration. Restoration work is well underway on the 2400 hectare Peniup property, purchased jointly by Greening Australia and Bush Heritage Australia. Greening Australia have secured carbon funding from Mirabella Lightbulbs for the first 250hectares, and a very detailed restoration plan has been prepared by Justin Jonson. Justin and Danny ten Seldam have busily transforming a bleak and somewhat degraded farm landscape. Fortunately
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Gondwana Link seen through fresh eyes
The joy of a fresh pair of eyes, and good eyes at that. Gondwana Link has enjoyed the company of renowned photographer Ami Vitali over the past week, with Ami's keen eye giving us a fresh perspective on many of the everyday wonders, such as this Banksia coccinea in the Stirling Ranges. Ami was visiting on commission from The Nature Conservancy.
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Expert opinions feed into Knowledge Connections program
A healthy mix of top scientists and practitioners met and toured Gondwana Link together over the past few days as part of the ongoing Knowledge Connection project. The work underway to restore the Peniup property provided a good focus for discussions on how to measure change at the site and landscape levels. It?s a tricky business, as different scales give different results, so while progress was made, it
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Green Plough exhibition inspired by clearing then restoration
Green Plough inspires further creativity. The south west story, from the ‘million acres a year’ clearing era through to the emerging restoration era, has inspired artist Ron Nyzistor ‘s latest exhibition, called the Green Plough after an early direct seeding machine built by Greening Australia. Ron’s exhibition of paintings was opened tonight in a function at Gorepani Gallery in Albany, attended by a large crowd of Gondwana Link supporters
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Invertebrate monitoring at Chereninup
We are starting to get a better handle on what a number of key invertebrate species are doing in the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link. Professor Jonathon Major, from Curtin University, has been a solid supporter and now has student Tommy Cheng at work sampling populations across Bush Heritage?s Chereninup Reserve. We helped Tommy to select his sites and introduced him to his on-ground hosts Ross and Rhonda Williams.
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How healthy are those creeks?
Healthy creeks and waterways have been identified as a key target for ecological repair work in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area. Little is known about the area's waterways and almost no data exists. As part of the ?Knowledge Connections? project, funded by Lotterywest, Angela Sanders and Paula Deegan have been systematically visiting creeks, including Corackerup and Hegarty Creeks, and starting the work of establishing benchmark data. Thanks to Department
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Stabilising erosion and salinity in the Fitz-Stirling’s upper catchment
The firm Sustainable Forestry Management Australasia Ltd has purchased 9700 hectares of farmland in the upper catchment, destocked the properties, and is busy planting tree belts, with an eye on the carbon market. Here, SFMA's Michael Parsons, Lia Shavian and Jeff Douglas show Keith Bradby the mounds prepared for tree belt plantings on their Clearview property.
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The bush is returning to Chingarrup Sanctuary.
On a recent trip in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area, we were delighted to see how well the 2005 plantings are growing. Congratulations to Barry Heydenrych, the Reconnections Program (Greening Australia and Shell), contractor Jack Mercer and, of course, the proud owners, Eddy and Donna Wajon. .
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If we build it will they come?
A major challenge across Gondwana Link is finding the time and resources to evaluate the work done so far and the response of the wildlife. Bush Heritage Australia is showing real leadership with their Ecological Outcomes Monitoring, which is assessing progress on their properties in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area. Here, ecologist Hugh Pringle is assessing vegetation transects on the replanted section of Chereninup Creek Reserve.
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An Elder of the Sciences meets an Elder of the Eucalypts.
The Wild Country Science team is currently on survey work in the magnificent woodlands east of the wheatbelt. Distinguished biologist Henry Nix, pictured with his wife Katherine, had the opportunity to spend time in the shade of ?Big Bertha?, one of the many ancient Salmon Gums growing in the area. This tree is thought to be over 500 years old.
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More acres going back to bush
Replanting of Greening Australia's Nowanup property has taken a big step forward with nearly 100 hectares planted using the latest version of the Green Plough. And who should happen by while the work was in full swing, but Ron Geatz and colleagues from The Nature Conservancy. Could they resist the lure of a big machine at work? Danny ten Seldan was good enough to stop the machine while
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Planting a crop that will last forever
The immensity of the restoration work underway is evident here, as Justin Jonson from Greening Australia checks germination of the 250 ha direct seeding recently completed on part of the Peniup property, in the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link. With the best science and best machinery he can muster, we suspect those fingers are still crossed until he sees what the season brings.
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Another major property purchase!
A magnificent and strategically placed 2400 ha has just been jointly secured by Bush Heritage Australia and Greening Australia WA, with legalities finalised this week. And just in the nick of time as well. This 2400ha property has 910 hectares of high conservation native bushland along with 340 hectares of cleared land that will now be left to regenerate naturally, and we think it will, though another
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Before and after photos at Chingarrup
Before and after photos are starting to tell a good story. The photo points on Chingarrup Sanctuary show the establishment of 40ha of vegetation through direct seeding. The first photo was taken 26 October 2005, when the planting in April that year was just germinating. The second photo shows, from 7 August 2007, shows great establishment and growth. The planting was funded and arranged by Greening Australia as part of
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Fungi richness
A few good rains gets the fungi going, and mycologist Katie Syme. Katie has recently completed a fungi and truffle hunt on Bush Heritage’s Chereninup Creek Reserve. Here is a selection of the wonderful specimens she found. Just as the work of earlier botanists has opened our eyes to the exceptional richness of south-western Australia, so Katie’s work is uncovering a significant unrealised dimension to that richness – the
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More fungi
The previous post had some of the fungi Katrina Syme has found but they are just so varied and interesting that we wanted to share more photos. Here they are. Aren?t they amazing?
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Monjebup Reserve - a new conservation area for the Link
Another major conservation area joins the Link. After more than three years of negotiation, survey and subdivision, Bush Heritage has achieved final property settlement on its brand new Monjebup Reserve. Congratulations to all involved, on both securing this wonderful property and for displaying impressive tenacity. The property contains some of the most intact land in the region, so its purchase significantly improves nature conservation prospects amongst the cluster of
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Ngadju show us over their country
Ngadju leaders have been good enough to spend time showing the Wilderness Society team over some of the wonderful country east of the wheatbelt. Many thanks to Phil Drayson from Goldfields Land and Sea Council for organising the trip.
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The Nowanup Meeting Place is launched, in style!
Kaya! Kaya! Two years after the Elders decided to establish a meeting place, and after it had been constructed and used for many, many events and gatherings, the Meeting Place was formally launched. Noongar Elders organised the event with Greening Australia, and invited WA Minister for Environment David Templeman to do the honours. He did that well, starting with five minutes of fluent Noongar, stunning all of us who had
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Cutting trees up so we can plant some more
Work is moving ahead to produce hard numbers for the tonnage of carbon sequestered by native bush across Gondwana Link. Justin Jonson is developing allometric equations for a number of key eucalypt species, which involves weighing the entire root, stem, branch and foliage biomass of a number of key eucalypts. This Eucalyptus occidentalis (yate) trunk gives some idea of the scale and labour intensity of this work (the tree was
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Healing land and people
Building on the momentum that has led to the Nowanup Meeting Place being developed, Eugene Eades has led a program which saw over 120 Noongar men come to the region for a weekend of talking, sharing and the first night dancing for decades. With much appreciated support from the Borden community they camped at the Borden Pavilion, with the day’s proceedings mainly held at Nowanup (which is not yet ready
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Bush Heritage’s Ecological Outcomes Monitoring
Mal Graham begins the first Ecological Outcomes Monitoring session on Chereninup Reserve. This program is carried out across Australia at most Bush Heritage reserves and is designed to tell us how the bush is faring under our management. At each site a 50 metre transect is set up to monitor changes in the vegetation, soil surface and tree health over time. Birds are surveyed at the same site each spring
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A Meeting Place for all.
With guidance from his Noongar Elders and a team of energetic young Noongar men, Eugene Eades has commenced work on a bush meeting place at Greening Australia?s Nowanup property. The Meeting Place design is based on a traditional camp, with a centre fire-place and seats around. Many of the materials came from the property.
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Custom build native seeding machine gets sowing
Restoration techniques are constantly evolving and improving in their efficiency and biodiversity outcome. Part of this involves adapting or redesigning machinery to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of native seed placement, as well as being able to apply different seed mixes in one pass of a machine. Today there was a formal launch at ?The Lily, north of the Stirling Range, of a new machine designed by Geoff Woodall from the
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North Albany High School students get involved
Students from North Albany Senior High School help with a trial of brush mulching on difficult clay soils as part of their visit to Greening Australia’s Nowanup property. Greening's Chris Robinson shows the students how to position the branches cut from local moort trees. Also during this visit, Noongar Elders shared their cultural heritage with the younger generation. The visit was organised through the NRM 'Restoring Connections' program.
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Stop fooling, this is serious!
The sodic clays soils at Greening Australia’s Nowanup property present particular challenges for restoration. Here a team from Shell are trialling brush mulching on Nowanup under the guidance of Greening Australia’s Chris Robinson and Barry Heydenrych. Branches with seed bearing nuts are laid into furrows. As the sun and wind dry the nuts, the seeds mature, fall to the ground and grow in the protection and micro-climate provided by the
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Noongar women restoring connections to country
David Guilfoyle, NRM ‘Restoring Connections’ project co-ordinator has organised this very significant trip of Noongar women into the Pallinup valley, visiting important sites where many of them had lived and worked before, and to Greening Australia’s Nowanup property. Most of the women live in Albany, and for many it was their first trip out to country in a very long time. One of the families present was represented by four
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How much carbon do our trees hold?
More destructive carbon sampling work underway this week to determine how much carbon is being sequestered by existing native vegetation. Data is being logged on-site and again after the stems and branches have been dried. The flat topped yate being sampled here is looking good as a strong sequester of above ground carbon. The work is being undertaken as part of the Shell-Greening Australia Reconnections project.
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Adding new species to the mix
Trials of innovative techniques are a must to advance restoration success. Here a group of local supporters on tour to the Fitz-Stirling area are intrigued by the difficulties involved in getting seed from different Proteaceous and Myrtaceous species. For part of this year's planting on Yarrabee, in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area, contractor Jack Mercer chopped seed bearing stems through a garden mulcher and then spread the material with an
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Photography from the inside?
In 2005, the MIX Artists collective in Albany approached Gondwana Link about involvement in their ?Hotspot? events and exhibition for the 2006 Perth International Arts Festival. We jumped at the opportunity to be involved and contributed to a ?Hotspot? community symposium to develop exhibition projects for this year, as well as giving some extra support to Ian Weir as he developed his ?lightsite? exhibition. For this segment of ?Hotspots?
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There’s carbon in them there trees?
We know that every planting program produces trees and shrubs that sequester carbon, but we don?t know how much carbon. If we had that extra bit of knowledge, then it?s possible the emerging carbon market may help fund the much needed restoration work across Gondwana Link. As part of the Shell-Greening Australia Reconnections project, Greening?s Barry Heydenrych is working to measure the carbon in key species. The
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Fauna survey of Honman Ridge
Black-naped snake with Charles Roche during the fauna survey for Honman Ridge. Charles is The Wilderness Society?s ?outback campaigner?, working for better protection and management of the public land north-east of Ravensthorpe and east of the Rabbit Proof Fence. Zoologists Barry Traill and Susie Duncan led the survey program for the area, which is now being documented into report form.
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Noongar Elders visit the Link’s Fitz-Stirling area
An important and memorable day with Noongar Elders in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area. We shared our stories and explored how the Gondwana Link program can better support the aspirations and needs of the Noongar communities of the region. One highlight was a visit to the Link?s Nowanup property, which is being made available to the Noongar community for ongoing use. Another was the many stories shared along the
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More on those wonderful woodlands
Those wonderful woodlands! A major science expedition is underway in the woodlands end of Gondwana Link. As part of the Wilderness Society?s Wild Country Science program, and with additional funding from the Australian Research Council, Professor Brendan Mackey and the team from the Australian National University, plus noted zoologist Professor Harry Recher been establishing and surveying a series of vegetation quadrats across this massive natural area. The survey
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Those wonderful woodlands!
A major science expedition is underway in the woodlands end of Gondwana Link. As part of the Wilderness Society?s Wild Country Science program, and with additional funding from the Australian Research Council, Professor Brendan Mackey and the team from the Australian National University, plus noted zoologist Professor Harry Recher been establishing and surveying a series of vegetation quadrats across this massive natural area. The survey team also includes Sandy
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Shell Reconnection program connects
A great few days with Greening staff and Shell senior staff planting in the Links Fitz-Stirling area. This is the second year of plantings in the huge task of restoring cleared land on the Nowanup property, with busloads of senior staff from Shell Development Australia arriving to help out with this important work, as part of their ‘Reconnections’ project with Greening Australia (and this time it wasn’t wet, cold and
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Refining the plan for the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link
Another important couple of days revising and refining the Conservation Action Plan for the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link. A stellar team has assembled and been duly locked away for two days of attributes and stresses, not to mention sources of stress and strategic actions.
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Corackerup moort population grows
On Nowanup, around 50 hectares has been direct seeded so far this planting season, as part of the Shell-Greening Australia Reconnections project. The seed mix was predominantly moort (Eucalyptus platypus subsp. platypus) and Corackerup moort (E. vesiculosa). The use of the rare Corackerup moort in revegetation is a first. This beautiful small tree with pendulous brick-red flowers was only noticed in the mid-1990s and described in 2002. It is extremely
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Restoration underway at Chingarrup Sanctuary
Restoration work is well underway on Eddy and Donna Wajon?s Chingarrup Sanctuary in the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area. With funding from Shell Development Australia, through its Reconnections partnership with Greening Australia, contractor Jack Mercer is shown here direct seeding a further 38 ha on Chingarrup, The first 8 ha of this restoration work was undertaken in the winter of 2004, and the goal is to replant virtually all of the degraded
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Gondwana Liminal?
Liminal spaces or states refer to the thresholds or transitional states betwixt and between one space or state and another. They may be physical, cultural, social or ecological, and make for a great summer workshop in Bremer Bay considering the luminal aspects of Gondwana Link. Albany’s MIX Artist group did a great job organising this workshop, which included members of the Fitzgerald Biosphere Group and Friends of Fitzgerald River National
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An agreed plan for a Fitz-Stirling section of Gondwana Link
We have a well thought-out, detailed plan. After a second workshop we now have a plan agreed across key groups for the Fitz-Stirling program. We?re calling it the ?Functional Landscape Plan? to underline the focus on achieving overall ecological function, not just some small scale works or single species actions. The second workshop delivered an Excel ?CAP? Spreadsheet and a subsequent week of work by Keith Bradby and
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“Restoring Connections’ program receives support
Congratulations to our colleagues in SCRIPT and the South West Catchments Council who have been successful in their application to the Australian Government for $911,000 over three years to support a joint project ‘Restoring connections between people and land in south western Australia’. This project will fund work by the Noongar community to establish a number of sites, in both the South Coast and South West regions, where ecological and
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Work starts on the Fitz-Stirling Plan!
With the experience now under our belt we tackle pulling together a ?credible first iteration? plan for the Link?s Fitz-Stirling area. The group pictured has just spent three days crowded into the Albany office threshing through the targets, attributes, sources of stress and other key categories of the Conservation Action Planning tool Greg Low has been teaching us. Significant progress made, to the extent that we think another such
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Conservation Action Planning workshop series
Another big week in Albany and beyond, with Gondwana Link hosting the third ?Efroymson Fellowship Program - Australian Facilitators Workshop?, funded as part of The Nature Conservancy?s global program to support groups meet their strategic, ecologically-based planning needs. The workshop was led by TNC?s Conservation Action Planning guru Greg Low and supported by its Australia Program Director Kent Wommack. Attendees included our colleagues from Trust for Nature in Victoria
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How to meet the challenge of large scale plantings?
Greening Australia is working to develop new planting techniques on the property we call "Cowboy Country'. Nathan McQuoid and Nigel Metz are adapting a standard 20 disc Chamberlain plough, the type of machine that ploughed in millions of hectares of chained and burnt bushland during the 1960s and 1970s. Re-named 'The Green Plough', it’s being trialled in the direct seeding of heavy clay soils. We hope it will re-seed bush
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Green Corps team take down fences
A Green Corps team led by Terry Davey spent a week at Cowboy Country and made some significant improvements to the property, including removing 9km of internal fencing, brush mulching mixed eucalypts into a two hectare trial area, plus plastering and painting two rooms inside the shed. Nigel Metz and Nathan McQuoid guided the team?s activities.
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Sharing with the Noongar community
After a number of discussions over the last year we joined with Kelly Flugge from the South Coast Regional Initiative Planning Team (SCRIPT) and a number of key members of the Noongar community for a joint tour of important Noongar sites in and around the Fitz-Stirling section of the Link, plus a visit to Bush Heritage?s Chereninup Creek Reserve and outline of the work underway there. This was followed
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Healing the land at Chereninup
A large biodiversity revegetation project has been completed on the new Bush Heritage Chereninup Creek Reserve in central Gondwana Link. Bush Heritage supporters and Green Corps volunteers planted the last of the 50 000 seedlings into ground already seeded with indigenous species. This was the culmination of a huge amount of work by Jack Mercer of Greening Australia WA, with help from Gondwana Link's Amanda Keesing, her husband Craig and
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The first big planting is underway
Greening Australia’s Jack Mercer, shown here at Bush Heritage's Chereninup Creek Reserve, gets off the tractor to refill the seed funnel on his direct seeding machine. Jack oversaw the collection of about 42 kg of seed (approx. 42 million seeds!) from about 50 species in the adjacent bushland. Three different species mixes were prepared for low, middle, and higher elevation areas on the 60 ha of cleared land. Most of
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Conservation Planning training workshop
We lured The Nature Conservancy?s Site Conservation Planning guru Greg Low westward to share his experience in Western Australia. After a series of meetings and workshops in Perth, Greg was good enough to lead a Site Conservation Planning training workshop in Albany. And then we took him bush, into the Fitzgerald park where the combination of Royal Hakeas and the remains of No 2 Rabbit Proof Fence led to
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The all Australia collective effort!
A number of Gondwana Link associates were able to attend The Nature Conservancy?s second Conservation Planning Efromyson workshop in Australia, led by the guru himself, TNC?s Greg Low. An excellent opportunity, not just for skill development, but also to meet and swap notes with like-minded colleagues from across Australia. The week at Mildura included experience of an (unscheduled) major dust storm and concluded with a trip to Neds Corner station
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Preparation for a major restoration effort
The Australian Bush Heritage Fund is moving rapidly to secure a strategically critical 877 ha property on Chereninup Creek, about halfway between Stirling Range and Fitzgerald River national parks. Over 800ha of the property is valuable bush, ranging from York gum woodland to sandheath, with a great patch of very long unburnt Dryandra sessilis (Parrot bush). While legal settlement of the purchase is still some months away, plans are
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