Connecting Indigenous Youth with Community and Culture
Aug 21, 2015
A local Indigenous youth developmental program is making a difference by embracing the notion “It’s better to Give”
Emerging from the 2010-11 floods, these dedicated volunteers travelled long distances to support the backbone of our country, our Primary Producers recover in a timely manner, by lending a hand in the arduous tasks flood recovery duties.
Once on these properties they all work together to do whatever jobs were within their capacity to safely and efficiently undertake. They have cleaned out people’s homes/businesses allowing them to move back in, repaired plant and machinery which have not operated since the floods, assisted in grading new roads and reconstructing new creek crossings, repaired and replaced fences in Riparian areas, concreting, operated and repaired machinery, and many other typical duties disaster affected area would need assistance in. As stated by Brad Crosbie, founder of WYLD Projects “The youth of today have become so accustomed to referrals, counsellors, programs, people trying to get inside their head or reliance on other support mechanisms, that they have become more interested in what they can get, rather then what they can give. WYLD will encourage the paradigm “it is better to give”, developing our own community projects, connecting Indigenous youth to community and culture.
In July 2015, WYLD Projects commenced its funded program for 15-19 year old Indigenous youth, proudly funded by the Australian Government through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, (Children and Schooling).The programme has a critical focus on increased school attendance and improved educational outcomes, transitioning into further higher education, training, and employment opportunities for the identified group.
Today WYLD Projects is proud to announce the employment of their first two school based trainees, Tyrell Howard and Amaru Brown who will undertake their first revegetation project at Mon Repos Conservation Park. Rural Training Queensland who will deliver the Cert II in Conservation Land Management, along with Busy at Work, Bundaberg State High School and Shalom State High are extremely supportive of pathways such as this that promote improved outcomes at school, transitional plans, and cultural inclusion.
Mr Luke Watson (Project Officer) for WYLD Projects and a proud Gooreng Gooreng Traditional Owner believes by bringing back our old traditional values and customs of caring and sharing, serving our community, will instill leadership qualities the youth of today will feel empowered to undertake.
Mr Luke Watson is thankful to the Burnett Mary Regional Group, Bundaberg Sugar Company, and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife staff for working collaboratively towards connecting Indigenous Youth with Community and Culture through funding opportunities to undertake natural area restoration projects such as the second stage of the revegetation works at Bundaberg Sugar Pines Farm, adjacent to Mon Repos Regional Park. The project centres around the on-ground activities that will entail the planting of an additional 400 endemic species of the local area to screen the nesting turtle area, and promote natural regeneration of identified species, passing on oral historical/cultural knowledge, language, stories and skills that will result in the protection and enhancement of the Mon Repos Regional Park site, which is a highly culturally significant site of the Bunda people of the Gooreng Gooreng nation. The activity will encourage participation by Indigenous youth and Elders in maintaining this site, understanding the importance of regular maintenance, visitation and access, promoting the important learnings for Indigenous youth and indeed the wider community. Mr Luke Watson says that he is excited that his Grandfather Mr Mervyn Johnson, Elder from the Gooreng Gooreng Nation, and Uncle Mr Everett Johnson Goreng Gooreng Traditional Owner (Ranger) for Queensland Park and Wildlife will participate in upcoming projects to pass on their knowledge of the area, providing additional inspiration to the Indigenous youth involved in the projects.
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