The Great Southern region of Western Australia is rich with stories: its ancient origins, immense biological richness, and the passionate local people who care for this place. Produced by Gondwana Link.
Ezzard Flowers: Reconnection and collaboration
Ezzard Flowers is a Goreng-Menang Elder. His life story includes living with his extended family on country as a young boy and then being removed from family and placed in a mission.
Following this experience, he faced the challenge of reconnecting to family and country and seeking his identity and purpose as a Noongar man.
Carol Pettersen: Storylines
This is the compelling story of Carol Pettersen, a Menang-Ngadju Elder. Aunty Carol was born at the Gnowangerup Mission and raised in the bush around Jerramungup with her family, which she describes as “one of the most glorious times of my life”.
She has spent much of her life in the Albany area, on her traditional country and her story offers many cultural insights.
Eugene Eades: Coming back to country
Eugene Eades is a Goreng – Menang Elder, and since 2006 he has played a pivotal role in creating a powerful healing and cross-cultural gathering place on a former farm, now called Nowanup, to the north-east of the Stirling Range.
Eugene has used his extraordinary leadership skills and dedication to help make Nowanup a beacon of hope. He has led hundreds of camps and welcomed thousands of people to Nowanup.
Lynette Knapp and Alison Lullfitz: Connecting on country
Lynette Knapp is a Merningar Elder and Adjunct Research Fellow and Dr Alison Lullfitz, is a Research Associate, both at the University of Western Australia.
In this story, Lynette and Alison are walking and talking together on a bush property beside the Pallinup River, near Boxwood Hill. Connection to country is a strong thread in their friendship.
Nic Dunlop: The power of citizen science
Meet Dr Nic Dunlop, Coordinator of the Citizen Science Program at the Conservation Council of Western Australia. For decades, Nic has used his scientific knowledge to assist and run citizen science projects, mostly involving birds.
One of Nic’s key projects is testing the effectiveness of a bird monitoring method that can be used by citizen scientists to identify the ecological outcomes of restoration and revegetation plantings, as well as habitat management.
Heather Adams: Leadership in Landcare
Heather Adams is the Chair of the Oyster Harbour Catchment Group, a successful farmer with her husband Mark in the Kalgan Valley north of Albany, and a long-term leader in the landcare movement. For the past thirty years, the Oyster Harbour Catchment Group has been involved in a remarkable story of landcare, ecological restoration and recovery.