Centre News

15 September 2023

CCWA Conference 2023

This week, Healing Country attended the 2023 CCWA Conference at UWA.
We thoroughly enjoyed attending the two days, where individuals and groups voiced their thoughts and educated attendees on their work in environmental conservation and climate action.

Day one was largely focused on Indigenous led and involved environmental conservation – a fitting topic for the current climate in society.
Day two focused more on youth and Indigenous engagement in the conservation sector – another timely topic.

Our highlights over the two day were:
– Tjalarak Ranger’s presentation on their work in Esperance, they’re working on some amazing stuff and sent an important message about young people getting involved in working on Country
– Panel by Oral McGuire, Ben Cole and Keith Pekin – how agriculturalists, Indigenous Leaders and TOs can work alongside one another to meet environmental challenges. This was a powerful panel, targeting a very relevant issue in WA.
– Presentation by Chontarle Bellottie on Bush Heritage’s projects
– Walking with Winjan – presented their work ‘caring for Bindjareb Boodja’
– Conservation in schools – hearing from Emmanuel Catholic College and Manea Senior College. It was great to hear about the work students are getting involved in, pushing outside of your standard school curriculum and getting students working on Country. Our children are our future.

Healing Country’s Heidi MippyDamon Guerinoni and Grace Wyeth were joined by Donny Imberlong from Gelganyem- a partner to Healing Country to introduce our Centre. We spoke about our aims and focuses as a Centre, the importance of two way science and discussed various topics with the audience.

Thank you CCWA for inviting us to present and to attend the two days, it was highly valuable and we enjoyed networking with like minded people.