South West Catchments Council Inc

Understanding- Awakening the Nyungar Dream


Project funders: this project is supported by the South West Catchments Council, through funding from the Australian Government’s Program, and the Government of Western Australia.

Total investment: $287,258


Other partners (collaborators)

  • Goomburrup Aboriginal Corporation (GAC) (Maamun Danjoo Koorliny Waakinininy)
  • Peedac PTY
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife


Key achievements (dot points of 10 – 15 words)

  • to build the capacity for Aboriginal people to participate in NRM
  • planted 7500 seedlings at the Abba River in Busselton.
  • Helped to revegetate a vineyard in Wilyabrup,
  • helped revegetate a private property in Dwellingup, a Shire of Waroona Reserve at Preston Beach, and a farming property near Bridgetown.
  • SWCC’s Aboriginal NRM facilitator delivered cultural and environmental education to schools across the South West.
  • A cultural landscape assessment was also completed for the Leschenault catchment to incorporate Nyungar values to the area.


Abba River in Busselton component

During 2010-2011, the Wadandi people (People of the Sea) consulted extensively with SWCC and participated in the cultural landscape mapping of the Vasse- Wonnerup wetland system. This work captured important local traditional knowledge, which is now being used to inform environmental management decisions in the area. It also facilitated the meaningful involvement of Traditional Custodians in Natural Resource Management (NRM) decision making, as the results of the survey and mapping work was used to identify priorities for future on-ground work for SWCC to undertake in partnership with the Nyungar community.


The site that was selected as a priority for the community for work during this investment was the Abba River, due to its cultural and environmental significance as a major tributary to the Vasse-Wonnerup. A significant works area along the river, on Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) estate between the LudlowTourist Drive and the Bussell Highway, has been funded through the Integrated Cultural Understanding project.


A project plan was compiled in 2012 for the work to protect cultural and environmental values. This was based on technical knowledge and advice from SWCC  and DPaW staff, as well as advice from local Traditional Custodians. From these directives, 10 ha of weed control of a number of species (including