FLINDERS RANGES: NEPABUNNA YOUTH PARTICIPATE IN CONSERVATION AND LAND MANAGEMENT

L to R Ian Johnson (Jnr) Joelwyn Johnson and Thomas Wilton carry out native plant propagation at Nepabunna

Five Adnyamathanha people in the Nepabunna community in far north SA recently completed Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management with the Greening Australia SA’s Youth Programs team.

Two of the students joined the program a third of the way through and will complete the last couple of modules independently.

Nepabunna is located in the Northern Flinders Ranges 637km north of Adelaide. It is surrounded by rugged ranges, tranquil waterholes, and unique wildlife and is an integral part of the Adnyamathanha culture and dreaming.

Areas covered in the Conservation and Land Management program include:
 Plant identification and propagation.
 Seed collection.
 Safe work practices.
 Chainsaw operations.
 Risk Management.
 Workplace communication.

The students were also introduced to occupational health and safety practices and strategic work plans.

The participants will be part of a valuable, long term plan for the overall reparation of this unique area in the ancient Northern Flinders Ranges which historically is the home of the Adnyamathanha people.

When asked for their feedback on the training the participants said, “We believe the most valuable skills the Nepabunna Community can benefit from is that we could go out to collect the seed and grow them here in our community nursery.”