Recognition for Mogo Creek partnership
29 August 2014
A successful partnership between the Mogo Local Aboriginal Lands Council, Illawarra Institute of TAFE and South East Local Land Services has been recognised for its innovative approach to the environmental restoration of Mogo Creek.
The three organisations received the TAFE GILI* Award for Industry Partnership at a ceremony in Sydney last night.
"Mogo Creek was once used by the local Aboriginal community for fishing and swimming, butbecame degraded over time, affecting the environment and the health and wellbeing of the community," Local Land Services Officer Andrew Kirkley said.
The Mogo Aboriginal Lands Council was able to secure funding from the Australian Government to form a team of environmental rangers who removed weeds from the area, replacing them with more than 1000 native plants.
The Illawarra Institute of TAFE developed a work place training program for the rangers, as well as participating conservation and land management students, while South East Local Land Services provided hands-on training and technical advice in land rehabilitation.
"Thanks to this partnership we are restoring the environmental health of the creek while providing employment and training for local Aboriginal people."
The success of the partnership has seen the Mogo Local Aboriginal Lands Council receiving additional 'Protecting Our Places' funding from the Australian Government for work at Mogo Creek while the environmental rangers have been awarded project contracts by the Eurobodalla Shire Council and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
*GILI is an Eora word meaning "to shine"