Collaborative land management practices to care for country at May Kwodjet Goorliny Symposium

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Professor Stephen Hopper with Goreng elder Ezzard Flowers.
Camera IconProfessor Stephen Hopper with Goreng elder Ezzard Flowers. Credit: Ursula Rodrigues

Researchers from the University of Western Australia and Indigenous traditional owners will be brought together at the Kwodjet Goorliny Symposium to achieve inclusive conservation management in WA’s south.

The two-day conference will run from May 14-16 at Albany’s Centennial Park Function Centre.

It will mark the end of Walking Together, a four-year research project led by UWA Albany’s Professor Stephen Hopper in collaboration with South Coast Natural Resource Management and Merningar, Menang, and Goreng elders.

The project seeks to integrate traditional Noongar ecological knowledge into land management practices to benefit Aboriginal wellbeing and national reconciliation, and address a decline in biodiversity in Australia’s South West.

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Goreng elders Eliza Woods and Aden Eades with Dr Alison Lullfitz.
Camera IconGoreng elders Eliza Woods and Aden Eades with Dr Alison Lullfitz. Credit: Ursula Rodrigues

Professor Hopper said he was thrilled to showcase the achievements of the Walking Together project.

“We recognise the growing need for genuine cross-cultural collaboration in conservation efforts, and this symposium offers a unique opportunity to delve into this crucial field,” he said.

The symposium will feature presentations, a field trip showcasing Walking Together projects, a conference dinner, workshops, and an exhibition.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore developments in cross-cultural land and nature conservation.

Tickets are available at https://shorturl.at/DFWZ4.

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