Aboriginal cultural heritage is in the landscape all around us. Landcare ACT works closely with the traditional owners, the Ngunawal people to conserve, improve and sustain our environment.
Ngunawal Caring for Country
Landcare ACT works with foundation members, Buru Ngunawal Aboriginal Corporation and the three Catchment Groups to restore and maintain cultural sites, and educate the community about aboriginal history, heritage and local land management knowledge for future generations.
In 2014, the Mulanggang Traditional Aboriginal Landcare Group was formed, initially as a member group of the Ginninderra Catchment Group and now operating across the ACT Region. Together Mulanggang and the Catchment Groups have worked restoration on sites such as Umbagong, Gubur Dhaura and Bullan Mura.
Over 600 cultural heritage walks, led by Ngunawal elders, have been facilitated by the ACT Landcare community.
These walks have occurred across the broad landscape of the ACT and region, including urban parklands, reserves, along waterways and in rural areas. They demonstrate the cultural heritage that exists in all areas of the ACT, including where Landcarers work.
Led by Ngunawal custodians, Landcare ACT and members aims to engage and provide opportunities to local Aboriginal youth to learn about Aboriginal land management and their cultural heritage.
During 2017-18, all three Catchment Groups supported anAboriginal Green Army team, which provided training and employment opportunities for nine young Aboriginal people. Young Aboriginal youth participated in planting events and restoration activities as well as learning about cultural values of land from Ngunawal custodian and mentor Wally Bell.
Landcare groups across the ACT engage with local Elders to maintain and restore Aboriginal heritage sites through planting events and weed control. Programs are also undertaken to share knowledge and generate connections among Aboriginal and non-aboriginal people.
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