Working to help improve our rural communities

about  Charles Darwin Reserve  
on 24 Sep 2014 

Working with others to create a prosperous, bio-diverse and habitated rural landscape is important to Bush Heritage Australia. Bush Heritage currently works across Australia managing natural landscapes in recognition of the intrinsic value of our unique plants and animals and to also provide a better place in which future Australians can live, work and enjoy themselves.

The Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association is currently working across traditional land tenure boundaries and sectors to bring land users, community and business together.

As part of the Charles Darwin Reserve Blues for the Bush and Community Open Day, the Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association is presenting an engaging and inspiring forum.

The Gunduwa Regional Conservation Forum at this year's Blues for the Bush will host an informative selection of well-regarded and interesting speakers to discuss the power of regional partnerships and the opportunities that are presented when a diverse group of organisations work together to achieve common goals. Inspiring presentations from Millennium Kids, Central Desert Native Title Services, Rangelands NRM, Northern Agricultural Catchments Council, Local Government and Pollinators Geraldton will be a highlight. For more information on the full speakers download the Gundawa program (400kb).

Collaboration will be the theme here with working examples of how cross industry partnerships can benefit regional projects, talks also include exciting presentations from the four projects currently funded by Gunduwa – think Malleefowl, think soil biology, think semi-arid ecosystems, fire, birds, think young leaders.

The Gunduwa Forum will be a pragmatic, stimulating and engaging place to spend a few hours on Saturday the 4th October.

Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association is working collaboratively to foster extensive landscape – scale conservation initiatives whilst increasing productivity and enhancing biodiversity and sustainability across the region.

By 2020 Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association will build significant regional collaboration and increase investment in conservation and land management at landscape scale – working across properties, sectors, community and ecological systems. Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association will significantly influence conservation research and practice.

Gunduwa will generate work and broad-based investment opportunities across sectors and work with the community to manage, protect and sustain our natural landscapes more effectively.

Gunduwa will take a big-picture perspective, working with others to develop local employment, encourage creative community engagement and contribute to the productivity of rural and remote communities.

The Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association values are:

  • Contributions from all sectors across the region.
  • Working productively with traditional owners.
  • The co-existence of agriculture, conservation, mining and community.
  • A collaborative ‘big picture’ perspective.
  • The essence and diversity of the region.
  • The natural and cultural heritage of the area.
  • Collaborative research and development opportunities.
  • Robust scientific information as the basis for decisions.
  • Creative, productive and practical conservation initiatives.
  • Local employment opportunities.
  • Creative and effective community engagement.

The origins of the Gundawa Regional Conservation Association

Gunduwa is the local Badimaya name for the echidna. These extraordinary ancient egg-laying mammals suckle their young and, along with platypus, are the only surviving monotremes.

The Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association (GRCA) was first proposed when Mount Gibson and Extension Hill mines were required to provide resources to help offset their environmental impact (contained in Ministerial Statement 753).

Gunduwa was formed to enable members working on conservation initiatives to achieve more together, over a larger area, than they could working alone. The Association’s objectives are to enhance biodiversity and regional sustainability, and to bring together many remote people from local government, state government, non-government organisations, pastoral and farming businesses, mining companies and community groups to work collaboratively and beyond the tenure of individual entities. Collaboration will enable more effective effort and the region can be broadened depending on member involvement.

The Gunduwa region contains the botanical transitional zone between the woodlands of the wheatbelt and the expansive mulga zone of the interior. The Great Northern Highway between Wubin and Paynes Find passes through country that is rich in natural diversity – farms, pastoral lands, woodlands, salt lakes, shrublands, and the banded iron and greenstone hills of the surrounding rangelands.

The Gunduwa Business Plan (1.5mb) which will be launched my Mr Shane Love MP at the Gunduwa Forum.

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