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Forest NSW Annual Report 2012

> Connected Forests NSW continued to connect with the communities in which we operate through fostering partnerships with Aboriginal communities, working with local communities and volunteers, developing the skills of our staff, improving our website in response to user needs, developing forest education resources, encouraging people to participate in sharing their forest experiences via social media or better understanding the needs of visitors to forest tourist destinations. Partnerships with of traditional owners and land councils to ■■ Service (RFS) Hot Spots Communityparticipating in the NSW Rural Firewere held with the Joint Indigenous Group Aboriginal communities discuss cultural heritage issues, in particular Fire Programs, including one held at the management of burial sites within the the Maiyingu Marragu Aboriginal Place, Maintaining the connection between construction zone. where Forests NSW conducted Aboriginal people and forests and protecting a presentation and assisted members areas of cultural heritage significance is an Southern Region continued to work closely of the local Wiradjuri community integral part of forest management. with Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council and private landowners with fire (LALC) on their Bundian Way project, a cultural Forests NSW continued to work in track that stretches from Twofold Bay up to protection planning. partnership with local Aboriginal communities to ensure ongoing access to will be two camping areas within Forests NSW Working together withthe Snowy Mountains. Along the way there managed land. volunteers forests for cultural purposes. Through the MOU between Forests NSW and the Anaiwan Elders in Central Region, Forests NSW Other initiatives undertaken during the year Forests NSW and Conservation Volunteers continued to fund site improvements at the include: Australia (CVA) celebrated 10 years of their Riamukka camp, for which the Anaiwan hold ■■ holding a bark canoe building successful partnership on the Communities an occupation permit, with the erection of workshop on the south coast, using in Forests program this year. Volunteers a shelter that is used for cultural gatherings bark from stringybark trees from Boyne and local communities once again donated and teachings. State Forest, in an effort to bring back their time to help improve facilities and This year, the Black Fellows Hand Trail in these skills to the local Aboriginal environmental outcomes in forests across Newnes State Forest near Lithgow was community; the State. returned to its traditional name of Maiyingu ■■ co-hosting one full-time and two During the year, CVA volunteers contributed Marragu Trail (meaning ‘peoples with hands’). school-based Aboriginal trainees in the 236 volunteer days, weeded a total of 6000 m2, It was a result of the partnership between Eden area; repaired nearly six kilometres and constructed the traditional owners of the Newnes State ■■ an employee of North East Region more than three kilometres of walking track Forest area, the Mingaan people (part of the being named as the Aboriginal and across five different sites: Wiradjuri Nation) and Forests NSW Macquarie Torres Strait Islander Trainee of the Year Region. The trail leads to the Maiyingu ■■ Bruxner Park Flora Reserve in Orara East in the North Coast category; Marragu Aboriginal place. State Forest, Coffs Harbour – improved ■■ employing Central Region’s first female the walking track to the rejuvenated As part of the Koondrook-Perricoota Forest Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Officer Sealy Lookout; Flood Enhancement Works near Barham on based in the Maitland area; the NSW/Victorian border, an Indigenous ■■ Burrawan State Forest, near Wauchope Partnership Program was established to ■■ participating in many NAIDOC week – upgraded the walking track to a consult with local traditional owner groups celebrations across the State; magnificent bloodwood tree, given and land councils over cultural heritage ■■ continuing to support the Batemans the nickname ’Old Bottlebutt‘, that issues associated with the construction of the Bay LALC in developing its own timber features on the National Register of project. During 2011–12, several meetings harvesting team for its forested land; and Big Trees; 20 Forests NSW Annual Report 2011–12 Social, Environmental and Economic Performance


Forest NSW Annual Report 2012
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