The Barengi Gadjin Land Council is currently redeveloping the old Wail Native Nursery (Changing to Dalki Garringa Native Nursery) site and Arboretum, adjacent to the Little Desert National Park in Victoria. The focus is on providing plants for revegetation projects, growing local species and growing local native food species. As part of the Arboretum revamp to create a Botanic Park, they are developing a native food, biodiversity and climate change engagement program aimed at building the capacity of Traditional Owners and for local schools to visit. Along with creating and enhancing habitats for local species- both plant and animal- the focus is on engaging with Traditional Owners to ensure the maintenance of local Indigenous cultural heritage.
This project was funded through generous donations from FNPW supporters across Australia and beyond.
Grant round: Community Conservation Grants 2021
The key aims of this project are to educate the community about the importance of biodiversity & local native foods, regenerate the environment and culture and inspire future generations to better understand the environment in a changing climate. This will be done through engaging with Traditional Owners to educate the broader community in the region on the importance of Indigenous knowledge and how it can be harnessed to improve biodiversity and help climate adaption.
The project is part of a larger Wail site development. There has been no past work done to record and improve the biodiversity at the site. The key activities for this project is to develop the environmental education program and to renew the basic infrastructure for tables and seating through the Wail Arboretum walking trail. This will assist in:
- Making the environment more comfortable for the Elders,
- Include local indigenous design in their structure and
- Ensure that they are made in an environmentally friendly fashion (using recycled plastic).This will ensure longevity and protect against termites.
- Provide a space for an outdoor class room to promote outdoor biodiversity
- Develop educational materials to complement education in biodiversity and native food gardens.
This will create long-lasting change well after the project is finished.
This project is undertaken on the traditional lands of the Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia and Jupagulk peoples.
FNPW supports projects across Australia. In the spirit of reconciliation the we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.
PROGRESS OF THIS PROJECT
The project is ongoing. Please scroll for project updates and latest news.
This project was funded by FNPW in 2021.