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Ayakwa : a publication of the Anindilyakwa Land Council



Ayakwa : a publication of the Anindilyakwa Land Council

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Anindilyakwa Land Council newsletter


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Groote Eylandt (N.T.); Anindilyakwa Land Council; Aboriginal Australians; Land tenure; Periodicals

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Newsletter, Issue no. 4, 2016

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Rehab team seeding to success! The Rehabilitation Crew have just started a new season of seed collecting after achieving record rehabilitation results in 2015 and completing a long weed control program over the extended wet season. The team consists of 14 local Indigenous employees, 2 mentors and their supervisor Simon Hartley. Each season they collect and process approximately 5 to 6 tonnes of seed from between 15 to 20 local tree and shrub species. The team also spray and control weeds across the mine lease to protect their rehabilitation areas from weed invasion and grow around 13,000 seedlings to be planted during the wet season. The seed collection season starts in late May with the first species to be collected being Yimundungwa (Cypress Pine) and finishes in December with Alabura (Stringybark tree). Alabura is one of the most important species as it is the dominant tree across Groote Eylandt. The team also collect several Bush Tucker species including Mangkarrkba (Green Plum), Awulka (Geebung tree) and Mamabura (Wild Peach). Senior member Samuel Lalara is planning on establishing strategic bush tucker and seed collection sites over the next two rehabilitation seasons. This will make the collection of seed for future rehabilitation projects more efficient as well providing easily accessible bush tucker once the rehabilitation sites are handed back to the Traditional Owners. The seed collected by the crew is processed to a significantly higher standard than that available from commercial collectors. Once collected it is cleaned, vacuum sealed and stored in a cool room to keep it at an even temperature with appropriate humidity levels. This allows seed to be stored for rehabilitation projects in future years. Some of the seed is used to grow seedlings in the nursery but the majority is mixed together to be spread across the new rehabilitation areas created by the Mining Department. In early December the Rehab Crew mix all the seed they have collected together to form their special seed mix. This requires very good mathematics skills to ensure we get the right seed mix spread across all of our rehabilitation areas. The mixture is then loaded into specially designed seed boxes on a helicopter and spread evenly over the rehabilitation areas. Last year the crew seeded a record 129 hectares of new rehabilitation. Due to the late rains in April and May the crew have had a long spray season due to the continued germination of weeds. The key weeds targeted are Mission, Grader and Guinea grasses due to their ability to quickly invade and damage rehabilitation areas when the dry season fires come through. This is hard and hot work but critical to the success of the rehabilitation program. The Rehab crew are working closely with the ALC Rangers and other stakeholders to help keep weeds under control right across Groote Eylandt by sharing knowledge and ideas. If you would like to join the Rehab Team please register your interest with CDP in Angurugu or Umbakumba or talk to any member of the crew. By Matt OHare Each season they collect and process approximately 5 to 6 tonnes of seed from between 15 to 20 local tree and shrub species. Issue no. 4 | Ayakwa Newsletter pg. 2

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