Teamwork wins the game

about  Bunuba Partnership  
on 11 Sep 2015 

In a state as mad about AFL footy as Western Australia, it’s timely that Bush Heritage kicks off the 2nd quarter of the Bunuba Dawangarri partnership based out of Fitzroy Crossing. Bush Heritage is demonstrating real commitment to being an integral partner in supporting and facilitating the development of the Bunuba Jalangurru Muwayi - Healthy Country Plan.

The initial starting line-up has been bolstered with the recruitment of a Bush Heritage onsite project manager – Steve Heggie, who has been drafted over from Queensland. And fresh off the bench we have Mel Sheppard, the new Bunuba Operations Manager who Bush Heritage has assisted in recruiting and resourcing. Steve and Mel will work together to help establish and facilitate the Bunuba’s Strong Plan – Strong Culture – Strong Land plans by helping with community governance, logistics, partnerships, capacity, resourcing and inclusive consultation.

Leading from the front are the Bunuba Ranger team who have set the field for a strong planning process with pre-season 2014 planning workshops in the Northern Territory. The game plan now, with the temperature already at 37ºC, is a pre-wet-season community meeting before the weather and rain slow the Top End pace.

The Bunuba Rangers will introduce their Health Country work to the wider Bunuba Muwayi (clan) groups, inviting them to set the community's ten-year vision for the management of their lands. Having this community agreement and support will set the direction for the focused planning to come.

It's exciting times as this two-year project now truly begins to build up steam after much hard ground work by Bush Heritage staff, project partners and senior Bunuba people.

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