From the desk of Karl, Project Officer Ballogup/ Lake Pleasant View.  

Great news from the bush! Work has begun on round 2 of the Seeds of the Great Southern collaborative project between Gnowangerup Aboriginal Corporation (GAC), Tambellup Progress Association (TAPA), and South Coast NRM.   

Supported by the State Government and Great Southern Development Commission, the project will equip GAC and TAPA with the necessary skills to continue the development of seed and seedling facilities, secure contracts to supply, and receive training and mentoring. All this while fostering a strong connection to Country.  

This latest round of funding will build on the work undertaken through previous Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants. With support, GAC and TAPA have established a commercial grade seed tunnel in Tambellup and a fully functioning nursery in Gnowangerup. Through training and mentoring within the Noongar communities, the seed and seedling enterprises are progressing into viable economic enterprises.    

The newest phase of the Seeds of the Great Southern project has been kick started with the collection of native seeds from Gnowangerup landholder properties, which were then taken to the GAC nursery for treatment and growing. This careful process is carried out start to finish by GAC Rangers who will then sell the seedlings to eager buyers. 

In only its second year of operation, the Gnowangerup nursery is gaining momentum and acknowledgement for its incredible work. South Coast NRM recognises the tenacity and dedication of everyone involved in these enterprises and applaudes the achievements that have been made. We look forward to continuing our partnerships with GAC, TAPA and the Rangers and watching their successes grow.

If you’re looking for native seed or healthy, robust native seedlings, why not send these fledgling initiatives some support. For more information contact Robbie Miniter, Chair Gnowangerup Aboriginal Corporation (p) 0439 982 008 (e) or Karl Hansom, (p) 0427 533 132 (e)