Projects - Taungurung Clans
Alpine Bog Project
Alpine Bog is a rare vegetation community listed at a state level under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act (FFG), and at a Federal level under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act (EPBC). There are approximately 4500 hectares of this important vegetation type in the Victorian Alps, and considerable work is being undertaken by various agencies to protect it from a range of threats, including (but not limited to) infrastructure and development, invasive plants and animals, livestock, recreational use and inappropriate fire regimes.
Taungurung Clans have been working in Partnerhsip with the GB CMA and appropriate land managers to undertake weed control works; primarily Willows and Blackberry, in these sensitive wetland areas since 2010. This has included a mapping and assessment project undertaken with Arthur Rylah Institute (Arn Tolsma) to assess and document current condition and extent of Bogs within the Goulburn Broken Catchment. In addition to providing a guiding document for ongoing works, the mapping and assessment project also provided Taungurung members with valuable skills in identifying wetland plants and assessing bog condition.
Through the Alpine Bog Project Taungurung Clans has developed working relationships with Parks Victoria, DEPLW and Alpine Resort Commission due to the lcoations of Bogs on the various Land Tenure across the High Country areas of the Goulburn Broken Catchment. Building on these relationships and the skill level of Taungurung Clans staff members, Taungurung Clans have successfully secured additional works with Alpine Resort Commission via an external contract, which is expanding the capacity of Taungurung Clans to work as Commerical Contractors in caring for Country.
To see images from this project, see our Alpine Bog Project Album on Flickr.
Seymour Taungurung Indigenous Garden
The Seymour College Taungurung Indigenous Garden was opened in October 2015. This garden is a collaborative project between Seymour College, Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, and the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority. The project has been made possible through a funding grant from the Nestle Community Environment Program and through the Australian Government National Landcare Programme. The project was also made possible through the Volunteer work of David Stute (President of Parents Club) who built infrastructure for the garden and helped to oversee the project.
The garden was designed to raise awareness of the Taungurung people as the Traditional Owners of this region, and incorporates a variety of plants that are culturally important to Taungurung people. The garden provides a teaching centre for Taungurung Elders to spend time with the students, to teach them about Taungurung culture and the importance of caring for country.
The garden design replicates a dry creek as an effective and practical way to address erosion, and to deal with excess runoff from what was a sloping degraded area of the school grounds. The impact that vegetation has on our waterways is also demonstrated as the garden and creek bed are designed to slow the water flow across the College and prevent flooding that has occurred in adjacent buildings.
The garden also incorporates information about Indigenous plants and the species that depend on these plants for survival, including local birds and butterflies, and incorporates a frog pond to demonstrate the importance of clean water and riparian vegetation in providing suitable habitat for frogs.
‘The project has strengthened TCAC’s relationship with the Goulburn Broken CMA as well as our partnership with Seymour College. It demonstrates that cultural and environmental elements can be included in a way that encourages Aboriginal students to recognise their cultural heritage’ Lawrence Moser
Yea Wetland – link
The Yea wetlands are an important site for Taungurung people and a walking track the ‘Franklin Track’ (named after Taungurung man and Yea resident) has been developed within the Yea Wetlands Committee. The walking track includes a summary of key stories of how the Taungurung people used and valued the natural assets of the Yea regions waterways and wetlands.
A booklet that also highlights the importance of this area is currently being developed by Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and the Yea Wetlands Committee titled ‘Celebrating the Yea Wetlands’, with support from the Goulburn Broken CMA and the National Landcare Programme.The booklet will include information about Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Taungurung people in this landscape, including flora, fauna and artefacts utilised in procurement of food and resources.