Camera trapping in Pio’s Paddock
The Land and Sea team have been undertaking an extensive camera trapping survey of a 300 km2 area in “Pio’s Paddock” (within the Yawuru IPA north of Roebuck Roadhouse).
The team is setting 35 motion sensitive cameras to gather information on the types and abundance of animals living in the area. Twenty of these cameras were installed via helicopter by the LAS team and Country Managers with the aid of Environs Kimberley, WWF and DBCA Rangers.
The cameras are placed on a picket near bait consisting of oats, peanut butter and sardines that will attract any animals nearby. The cameras will automatically take photos when motion is detected in front of them.
After one month the cameras will be collected and the photos reviewed to identify any species who have been snapped.
Marrul season on Yawuru country
The floodwaters on Roebuck Plains have now declined to levels that allow access to the fenced, culturally significant springs at Mimiyagaman and Ram Paddock.
With the start of the morning easterlies that indicate Marrul (changing) season, the team can begin GIS monitoring. It’s a great time to fly over these springs with the drone to sample vegetation health and water extent. This is part of an ongoing monitoring program to capture how the fenced culturally significant springs change with the seasons and how they recover from the impacts of cattle.
We now have information on vegetation health of the springs for three seasons; end of dry (Barrgana), end of warming before the first rains (Laja) and end of wet season (Man-Gala).
Edarrbur (Rubibi #18)
An Edarrbur claim group meeting was held on 15 February 2018 which was intended to be an authorisation meeting to consider a minute of consent determination which had been agreed in principle between the State of Western Australia (State) and the Edarrbur Applicant since November 2016.
The day before the meeting was scheduled to take place the State withdrew its agreement and would no longer agree to the recognition of exclusive possession native title within parts of the Edarrbur Claim area. Due to a last minute change of position by the State it was decided that the claim group meeting was not in a position to make any decisions. The meeting went ahead as an information session but no decisions were made.
The Edarrbur matter has now been adjourned by the Federal Court pending the outcome of a special leave application to appeal another case Attorney-General v Helicopter-Tjungarrayi (Ngurra Kayanta & Ngurra Kayanta #2)  FCAFC 35 (Ngurra Kayanta #2) currently before the High Court of Australia. If the application is denied this could mean the matter is adjourned for 3 – 5 months, if the appeal is heard by the High Court it could mean the matter is adjourned for 1 - 2 years.
Bike track paves the way
With the Cape Leveque road sealing, beginning in April 2018, there are employment opportunities for those with the right qualifications. NBY’s Transition to Work program and Carey Training have recently delivered a Certificate III Civil Construction – Plant Operations.
The trainees built a community BMX track at the Broome PCYC centre as a live works project. After 16 weeks of full time training 6 graduates demonstrated their commitment and enthusiasm for the industry and are now all employed.
Pablo Lane, Transition to Work coordinator said “These young men should be very proud of their achievements because they have set themselves on the road for a career of their choosing”.
Thanks to the industry engagement and support from McCorry Brown Earthmoving, Kimberley Quarries, Roadline Civil and Main Roads WA.
“It is because of the collaboration from community organizations and The Broome industries that these types of programs are able to go ahead and benefit the young people of Broome and the community as a whole”
fishing FOR ELDERS
A new initiative was trialed recently to assist in NBY’s support of the elders of the community. The program also encourages younger people to develop commitment to cultural obligations and community respect.
It centred on everyone’s favourite activity – fishing.
In conjunction with young community members, a couple of NBY staff spent a day out on the Bay for the ‘Fishing for Elders’ program and delivered their catch to the elders within the community. The outcomes were a real sense of satisfaction and mutual appreciation as well as a good feed.
The annual Yawuru Easter party is always popular and Town Beach provided a cool spot for families to gather. The kids enjoyed the games, crafts and the egg hunt. Thanks to the NBY staff who cooked up a storm and to everyone who came along to make the afternoon a lot of fun.
Yawuru stories on the new Lookout
The planned Lookout at the top of Fredrick Street is part of the Shire of Broome's Chinatown Revitalisation project and will reclaim under-utilised public space by creating a landmark location to take in views of Roebuck Bay and Yawuru country.
Yawuru artist Martha Lee and students at the Broome Girls Academy at Broome Senior High School have created designs based on the walga walga (salmon) story from Dampier Creek.
“It was a really great experience to work with the students because they were from all over the Kimberley and now they have contributed to something in Broome that will be really spectacular to see”. Matha Lee
Ricky Roe and the Year 12 Art students worked on the jalangardi (goanna) story. Together with Vanessa Margets of Mudmap they are incorporating the designs into the structure which will start construction soon.
Bugarrigarra Nyurrdany: Because of the Dreaming
Yawuru’s new exhibition Bugarrigarra Nyurrdany (Because of the Dreaming) will be given its first public preview at the National Native Title Conference.
The exhibition uses the Yawuru seasons and cycles of change to explore different aspects of Yawuru cultural heritage and experience over time. Emerging curators Maree Edgar and Lloyd Pigram have worked with Sarah Yu and Suzanne Jess to develop stories, language and artefacts along with interpretive videos that will eventually be housed in the new Liyan-ngan Nyirrwa centre.
Yawuru artists are working with Nagula Jarndu to design a series of unique artworks that will be part of the exhibition, representing each of the seasons.