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Yaraguia, a Ballardong Noongar Family-Based Association Living on the Edge in the Avon Valley, Western Australia

Abstract : The Avon Valley, situated east of Perth is part of the Wheatbelt, the main agricultural region of Western Australia, and as such has been extensively cleared and farmed. Within the framework of my PhD thesis, I am working with Yaraguia Enterprises Incorporated, a Ballardong Noongar family based association. Yaraguia is trying to effect change by developing a property (Avondale Park) in the Avon Valley that it acquired in 2006 under the environmental stream of the Land Acquisition Program of ILC (Indigenous Land Corporation). In partnership with Greening Australia Western Australia and the Avon Catchment Council, Yaraguia is focusing on 'healing the country' by developing a fully structured re-vegetation and conservation program as a process of regenerating the property back to its more natural state and restoring part of its original biodiversity. Yaraguia combines contemporary practices and culturally appropriate processes to fight against salinity and soil erosion and to contribute to the reduction of the greenhouse effects and is attempting at a multiple use of the landscape. Yaraguia incorporates European traditional farming practices such as crop growing and grazing sheep, as part of its lease-back agreements, and farm forestry while developing 'non-traditional' farming options such as rehabilitation and revegetation with the aims of producing bush foods, bush medicine and carbon sequestration as key outcomes for securing environmentally, culturally and economically sustainable land management practices. This project will also have for desirable effect the regeneration of family and cultural ways. Colonisation irreversibly disrupted the life of Indigenous Australians and the deep spiritual understanding of the environment they had developed. Nowadays, the environmental crisis is another threat to the knowledge they have managed to preserve. Yaraguia wishes that its actions will help local Aboriginal people re-connect with their country and so with their traditional knowledge and culture.
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Virginie Bernard. Yaraguia, a Ballardong Noongar Family-Based Association Living on the Edge in the Avon Valley, Western Australia. 'Living on the Edge' - The Fourth International Conference of the ISSRNC, Dec 2010, Perth, Australia. ⟨halshs-00638995⟩



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