Jamie Locke from Gone Native has been employed as project manager for the Protecting our Places grant,Kinchela Environment Warriors, funded by the N.S.W government through it’s Environmental Trust.
The project engages Kinchela Primary School students from both Aboriginal and non-Aborigional backgrounds in an environmental rehabilitation project at Hat Head Dunes. This includes removal of weeds of national significance (WONS) and assisting with dune restoration and management.
The program utilises a strong partnership model between Dunghutti and Gumbaynggirr elders and local environmental organisations including Hat Head Dune Care. Students will learn about Aboriginal knowledge of land care and management issues that are complimented with an enviromental science approach.
This will not only create tangible environmental outcomes for the Hat Head Dunes and learning outcomes for the student of Kinchela Primary School, but will also have reciprical learning outcomes for the partners involved and will strengthen the understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal knowledge and experinece in environmental land care issues in the region.
Jamie is honoured to be involved in this project and is enjoying working along with the kids this year.