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Aboriginal cultural heritage encompasses archaeological sites, artefacts, and places as well as cultural beliefs, dreaming stories, cultural practices, language, and knowledge that are inherited from past generations.

Traditional knowledge is inextricably linked to the environment because it is knowledge that has evolved over thousands of years through Aboriginal peoples interaction with their environment.

At Perth NRM we work closely with the Noongar community to preserve Noongar booja (country), Kaartadjin (knowledge), and wongin (language), as well as to identify and protect sites of cultural significance. In collaboration with Noongar people we encourage not only Noongar participation but also Noongar ownership and control of natural resource management projects.

Our program focuses on preserving the karlup (home or heart country) and the traditional knowledge of Noongar people.

We provide a wide range of services such as:

  • facilitating Aboriginal participation in natural resource management;
  • delivering cultural heritage education;
  • promoting traditional knowledge;
  • providing mentoring services; and
  • promoting awareness of the Noongar Coastal Trail

What is the link between Aboriginal cultural heritage and natural resource management?

The Noongar people are the traditional custodians of the Swan region in Western Australia. Plants and animals have evolved under Noongar management practices over thousands of years, therefore preserving and recording Noongar cultural heritage and traditional knowledge, and emulating practices or learning from this knowledge can contribute to viable resource use, biodiversity conservation, and resilience of natural ecosystems in contemporary NRM.

We deliver this project as part of our regional funding under the National Landcare Programme.

It aims to increase the engagement and participation of Aboriginal people in NRM (NLP Strategic Outcome 3) through education, increasing participation in on-ground work, and conservation of cultural heritage and traditional knowledge.

  • Delivered by Perth NRM
  • Targets: 400 Aboriginal people participating in NRM
  • 1 cultural heritage asset protected (management plan developed)
  • Increased community awareness of Traditional Cultural Values and Ecological Knowledg