We are pleased to show work in progress of pottery pieces from the Walkatjurra Pottery project funded in part by Country Arts Quick Response grant. All photographs taken by Deeva Muir in the Leonora Disctrict Highschool Art Room, Leonora, WA.
Ngadju kala is the ancient traditional practice of using fire to manage and protect land. Conservationists want to adapt kala to use as a modern tool.
Fire has been used as a tool for thousands of years in the Ngadju Native Title area in the southern Goldfields.
See what Ngadju Conservation coordinator Les Schultz has to say:
Media Statement released 28/08/22014
The Walkatjurra Rangers is supported by the Australian Government’s Green Army Programme and the Marnta Media Pty Ltd a local Aboriginal family owned company based in Leonora Western Australia.
Marnta Media were successful in securing two Green Army projects this financial year and a third next year under our Walkatjurra Rangers arm. The Walkatjurra Rangers are an Aboriginal land, heritage and environment service creating employment and training opportunities for Aboriginal people in the North Eastern Goldfields region.
Kado Muir, Director of Marnta Media says the Green Army programme gives additional impetus to Walkatjurra Ranger projects that already has links to Creative Industry initiatives, Community Services, Remote Jobs Communities Projects and other Aboriginal employment and training initiatives. “Yesterday I had our first meeting with our Service Provider and we will now be moving very quickly into recruiting young people between ages of 17 to 24 years old to work on our Green Army Projects. We hope to commence our project in November 2014.”
The Green Army is a great opportunity for young Australians aged 17-24 years to gain training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation fields. There will be nine places on our Walkatjurra Rangers Green Army team and we are looking for young people in the Leonora community, possibly also from Menzies, Wiluna and Laverton.
We are talking to Training providers to set up a suitable training program to support our projects and more importantly to ensure that each of the young people commencing on our project gain the right level of training to help them find jobs either with us or in the broader community.
Young people or their family interested in being involved in this programme are encouraged to contact us.
ABC Radio Goldfields Esperance Interview:
Walkatjurra Junior Rangers capped off a big year for the Walkatjurra rangers with a field trip helping Dr Nic Dunlop of Conservation Council of WA and the Citizen Science initiative undertake a study at Mt Forrest Nature reserve.
The junior rangers worked alongside Dr Dunlop to run a ghost net over Wutukumpu spring, trapping, measuring and identifying up to seven species of bat.
They also set up and monitored traplines, catching small animals like this lizard.
The Walkatjurra Junior Rangers caught a Painted Snipe at Mt Forrest which is listed as threatened under the EPBC Act and Rare & Likely to Become Extinct under the WA Wildlife Conservation Act. The species declined significantly everywhere early last century and has only been recorded 5 times in Western Australia since 1909.
All up it was a successful fieldtrip to document and record animals in an cultural and natural environment subject to intense pressures from mining and exploration companies.
Video prepared of the relocation of the CORS repeater station from top of Mt Leonora to a location that does not impact Aboriginal heritage. In this video, Walkatjurra Rangers worked with junior Walkatjurra Artists to paint the CORS station as a final part of the relocation and restoration of heritage values on Mt Leonora.