Connecting Cultures

on 24 Nov 2014 

Last Friday the Friends of the Porongurup Range, close colleagues of ours in the Gondwana Link project, ran a wonderful cultural day entitled 'Past and Present: Connecting Cultures' in conjunction with South Coast Natural Resource Management.

The morning saw participants engaged in a range of activities on the Friends' Twin Creeks Reserve. Highlight of the afternoon session indoors at nearby Karriview was a keynote address by Australian National University's Professor Bill Gammage on the subject of his 2012 book 'The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia'.

Local women Sylvia Leighton and Alison Lulfitz, both of whom grew up on farms in our Fitz-Stirling patch, and now working for Department of Parks and Wildlife and with Prof Steve Hopper on a PhD on Noongar influence on plant distribution on the South Coast respectively, contributed complementary stories of Wadjela connection with history and country in the region.

We rounded out the day with a lively panel discussion I facilitated with Bill, local conservation hero Peter Luscombe, and Noongar elder Treasy Woods.  We all earned the glass of fine Porongurup wine we were treated to at day's end!