Scot MacDonald
5th Mar 2018

Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council has received a $64,755 NSW Government grant to protect, conserve and restore local cultural landscapes and waterways, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today.

“The grant funds will go towards revegetation as a buffer to surrounding residential development, and implementing a 1080 vertebrate pest control program to reduce threats to wetland and migratory bird species”, Mr MacDonald said.

Robert Russel, Chief Executive of Awabakal LALC was delighted to have the Rocky Knob project as 1 of 12 chosen from 28 proposals.

“This funding will enable us, in collaboration with our partners Conservation Volunteers Australia and NSW Local Land Services, to reinstate buffer vegetation to provide screening from encroaching housing development”, Mr Russell said.

“It will also assist to reduce nutrients and sediments from entering the Hexham Swamp micro-environment, and to address feral predators like foxes to facilitate migratory shorebird breeding and other wildlife habitat.”

“It also provides training and employment for local Aboriginal people in natural resource management”.

Rocky Knob is a significant cultural site to the Awabakal people, and also forms part of Hexham Swamp which is listed as a significant wetland in NSW and nationally.

“The Protecting Our Places grant program aims to increase the amount of culturally significant Aboriginal Land protected, enhanced and managed by local Aboriginal community groups and land managers” Mr MacDonald said.

As part of the program, 12 Aboriginal community groups and organisations across NSW share over $700,000 in funding to undertake various projects.

The program provides opportunities for Aboriginal community groups and organisations to support and build their cultural land management practices.