Rangelands NRM is working on a whole of community project to develop an ‘Anzac/Cultural Corridor’ in Carnarvon.
Bevan Gray, Rangeland NRM’s Indigenous Facilitator said the project is being developed as a whole of community project to ensure a quadruple bottom line is met when completed.
“There will be the economic, environmental and social outcomes, but moreover a cultural outcome to benefit not just Carnarvon but the State of WA in general,” Mr Gray said.
Mr Gray said the project had advanced in the planning stage with contracted landscape architect Steve Vigilante of Vigilante Landscape Architecture collating research material to capture the human story behind the old reserve.
“Steve has spent much time talking one-on-one with Elders and government agencies gaging the history of the place and the people who once called the reserve home,” Mr Gray said.
“Many Elders have approached me expressing their pleasure at the concept behind the community parkland. Steve is also gathering necessary information on the landscape of the area.”
The next step includes full community consultation working closely with the Gnulli Native Title Claimant’s Working Group, the Carnarvon Aboriginal Congress as well as the aboriginal and non-aboriginal population of Carnarvon.
What the parkland is called, how it may look and what type of infrastructure is required shall be in accordance of their wishes and that of the overall support mechanism behind the project involving stakeholders such as the DIA, Shire, RSL and Gwoonwardu Mia Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
“The Carnarvon Community Men’s Group has kindly offered their support as mentors to the youth of Carnarvon who will become heavily involved over time,” Mr Gray said.
“This is a very important component to support the drastic changes Carnarvon has undertaken as a community lately. The stimulus exists to really make this project worthwhile.”
Addressing NRM issues such as Tamarix or Athel Pine (a weed of national significance) as well as the corridor for biodiversity will be just two of the outcomes possible.
Mr Gray said it is important to note that not all trees will be removed and those that are will be replaced by trees which are more suited to the environment including exotic shade trees.
“The longer term outcomes of business development in NRM and tourism will flow from the completed parkland. A whole of community approach will see to that.”