Bush Heritage Australia
Strengthening our Partnership
Charles Darwin Reserve
Bush Heritage Australia (Bush Heritage) is an independent not-for-profit organisation that buys and manages lands, and partners with Aboriginal people, to be able to protect and manage our barna.
Bush Heritage currently manage the Charles Darwin Reserve, located approximately 90 kms north east of Wubin, which was once known as White Wells Station.
Along with being a strong driver for BBBAC on the development of the BBBAC Strategic Plan and Healthy Country Plan for Badimia people, they have also supported connections to deliver the Wabarl (Malleefowl) Project, hosted visiting Traditional Owners on Badimia barna, opened up access to Charles Darwin Reserve for Badimia Rangers to practice ongoing Aboriginal cultural site monitoring, maintenance and protections via the Site Protection project, all the while providing ongoing governance support.
BBBAC are in the process of further strengthening this valued relationship and formalising their partnership with Bush Heritage Australia.
This is a great opportunity and means BBBAC have demonstrated the right commitment to their goals, and led to Bush Heritage being keen to build the partnership further.
Working alongside Bush Heritage into the future would see Badimia people among many other Aboriginal groups recognised and supported by Bush Heritage across Australia; and see continued support towards implementing the BBBBAC Healthy Country Plan that looks after our barna and, in the longer term, connected and healthy Badimia people.
When reviewing their partnership with Bush Heritage, the BBBAC have noted alignments with their Strategic Plan and Healthy Country Plan. Below is a brief snapshot of their journey so far.
Badimia Elders (BBBAC Board Members and Members) continue to exhibit good governance through commitment to the Bush Heritage partnership.
The current work and future planning is all for strong Badimia Kids, so it meets this strategy in the Strategic Plan.
Welcoming other Traditional Owners groups visiting our barna through cultural exchange, ensures representation, recognition and a strong Badimia voice is always asserting an interest in Badimia barna, as well as being open to the opportunity to share the Badimia story and cultural knowledge.
The work with Bush Heritage supports healthy country and culture and has strong links to the Healthy Country Plan.
Skill sharing links to having more BBBAC Rangers on barna going forward.
The targets in the Healthy Country Plan of Badimia culture and cultural places and Badimia people are met, by having Elders, Directors and Members on site when out on barna and discussing site and land management but also learning from other Aboriginal groups with skills and knowledge. Through this, the targets of Plants and Animals are being supported, considering the learning from work other Traditional Owners are doing through their Rangers on their barna with fire management and other land management activities.