Monday, 27 October 2014

Workshops for the South Coast NRM successfully completed

Ian Scott of Anthropos Australis and Will Bessen of Tuna Blue, working as a collaboration, have successfully conducted three workshops utilising an interactive Google Earth map for the South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc.
Participants of the workshop in Albany on the 20th of October, 2014

The Google Earth map will form part of the South Coast NRM’s Cultural Heritage Land and Sea Management Plan and identifies a number of distinct areas of cultural importance to the Wagyl Kaip and Esperance Nyungars native title claimant groups.

These areas have been the focus of varying levels of cultural heritage projects in the past.  The finished map will contain a summary of the information known about each area including what type of Aboriginal sites can be found there, and a list of management recommendations. The map will also summarise 36 heritage reports that are the result of over nine years of consultation work by the South Coast NRM.

The workshops, held in Albany, Cranbrook and Esperance last week, were held to also obtain direction from the Elders as to where should be the focus for future funding and planning by the South Coast NRM for cultural heritage projects.  The Google Earth map allowed the Elders to interact with the data in a way that they have never done before, allowing them to easily view what is known about each location, provide their thoughts and recommendations, refine the boundaries and add new locations to the map.
Participants of the workshop in Cranbrook on the 21st of October, 2014


Overall, the response to having an interactive Google Earth map as a management tool has been extremely positive.  One Elder stated that “you’re on the right track, once you have it all mapped, it allows people to talk about their areas”, and another Elder said that “we can use the [interactive Management] Plan to provide information to the community which would be crucial to help improve communication.” 

Participants of the workshop in Esperance on the 23rd of October, 2014

Anthropos Australis has utilised Google Earth as an interactive tool for mapping sites and recording cultural information for Traditional Owner groups now for several years and is well versed in its application. "We first rolled this out as an interactive tool for the Bunyjima and Nyiyaparli people in the Pilbara" said Nic Green, CEO "and we are delighted to help the Traditional Owners from Albany to Esperance in the same manner".

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