Aboriginal Riverkeeper Team restores significant areas of bushland across the Georges River
The Georges River Combined Councils’ Committee (GRCCC Inc) Aboriginal Riverkeeper Team supported by funding from the Australian Government, has achieved positive results in their first year with the rehabilitation of significant areas of bushland across the Georges River catchment.
The ‘Building Indigenous Knowledge and Skills to Restore Urban Waterways’ project supported by an Australian Government grant over three years, has just completed its first year of on ground work and restored vast areas of bushland across the catchment.
The Aboriginal Riverkeeper Teams on ground work includes the control of invasive weeds, revegetation, natural regeneration and erosion remediation works. In its first year, the Team has restored approximately 7.2 hectares of bushland at high priority sites identified in Table 1 across eight GRCCC participating member council LGAs. In addition, over 38,000 plants have been planted, a significant revegetation outcome for the team.
Alongside the on ground work, the team of four Aboriginal trainees have successfully attained qualifications in Conservation Land Management (CLM) completing a Certificate 2 and commencing Certificate 3 at TAFE. They have also acquired industry recognised Certificates including Seniors First Aid, Chemical and Manual handling, and White Cards.
GRCCC Chairperson Councillor Naji Peter Najjar said "Aboriginal Riverkeeper teams have delivered tangible benefits for the Georges River and the young Aboriginal trainees now have skills, training and experience to help them improve their career opportunities".
The GRCCC has worked closely with Aboriginal Elders and representatives from the Local Aboriginal Land Councils within the Georges River Catchment to implement the project, ensure Aboriginal Cultural Heritage is assessed and protected and that the trainees have the opportunity to learn from Aboriginal Elders and knowledge holders on traditional ecological knowledge techniques.
The GRCCC is an incorporated association of nine local government councils working in partnership with state and Australian Government agencies and community representatives within the Georges River catchment. It represents local government in the Georges River catchment of NSW. Member councils include Bankstown City, Campbelltown City, Fairfield City, Hurstville City, Kogarah City, Liverpool City, Rockdale City, Sutherland Shire and Wollondilly Shire councils. The GRCCC is proudly hosted by Hurstville City Council, 2009-2016.
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