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Landcare and protection of significant Aboriginal sites

Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC) owns land in Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment
and has successfully applied for funding to pay for people to remove weeds and protect Aboriginal sites of significance.
MLALC is employing a qualified Aboriginal Bush Regenerator as the Culture & Land Officer for MLALC.

Weed removal
Weed removal
Aboriginal young people working under supervision by MLALC's trained bush regnerator are working on weed control - removing Whisky Grass, Pampas Grass  and African Love grass from Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council land. 

This is important work - stopping weed seeds from being carried across from this land to other nearby bushland in the catchment of Narrabeen Lagoon.

Some areas need to be protected from recreational users such as bush walkers, horse riders, mountain bike riders or motor bike riders because there are endangered species present or because there are sites of Aboriginal heritage importance.

We trust that once people realise there are good reasons for closing some areas to recreational use, that they will respect this and work with MLALC to improve the biodiversity of the area and to protect significant sites for the generations to come.
Working on weeds
Working on weeds
 

It is important that we help to educate the public about the significance of Aboriginal Heritage
which is very important in Aboriginal Culture.  This Heritage needs to be protected and passed on to younger generations.
All Australians are enriched by the diversity of culture in our country and particularly by the presence of significant Aboriginal Heritage. 

One of the Aboriginal sites that had been damaged at Belrose
has been repaired and signposted by MLALC. 
Bike riders and other recreational visitors to the area now respect the Moon Rock site
and it has been nominated and declared as an Aboriginal Place.

The NSW Heritage Minister Mark Speakman announced this on Wednesday 26th October 2016.


This Aboriginal Place declaration will now provide added protection
for the Moon Rock site at Belrose for the future.


 
Protecting sites
Installing signs
Signage
Signs and fencing indicate
the presence of important sites nearby
needing protection
- either because of threats to biodiversity
or because of significant Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Signs
Closing off tracks that lead to areas of importance
These photos are of Aboriginal trainees learning to provide similar protection for sites around Red Hill.
Some sites are where threatened species of plants or wildlife are found and some are of Aboriginal significance
but already people have damaged or removed some of the signage.

RESPECT NEEDED
We hope caring people will help to spread the word about the importance of respect for the work being done
by the Metroplitan Local Aboriginal Land Council
and the training and work experience being undertaken by young Aboriginal people.
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