Emerging Bunuba Partnership

on 10 Mar 2014 

The Bunuba People of the central-west Kimberley in Western Australia invited Bush Heritage to visit country, meet elders and talk with the ranger group about their many healthy country aspirations and on-ground activities.  

Gerard O'Neill and I spent several days visiting Fitzroy Crossing at the start of March, being shown the nearby national parks by the Bunuba Rangers and meeting government agencies, Bunuba supporters, researchers and other stakeholders in lengthy discussions on future collaboration options.  

There's a long road to travel and this emerging partnership has started with Bush Heritage and The Nature Conservancy jointly supporting the Bunuba Rangers attending a Healthy Country Planning workshop in the Northern Territory this week.  

There is obvious potential for new and innovative collaborations in the region and we're looking forward to developing these options into 2014 and beyond.  

As we discovered first-hand, the Bunuba are a very proud community, who are very well lead and also further supported in certain quarters, but there are some obvious capacity gaps that we all agreed we shall explore together.  

For those interested, check-out the Jandamarra story to see some of the rich cultural history and storylines connected to Bunuba country.

Stay tuned for more developments as we look to grow the relationship in the future.