One of the projects you’ll be able to support through Wilderlands has been featured in a mini-documentary on RE:TV; a platform curated by editor-in-chief His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and part of his Sustainable Markets Initiative.
The documentary explores the partnership between Cassinia Environmental and the Ngarrindjeri people and their approach to conservation through the management of the Coorong Lakes project which is located south of Meningie in South Australia, at the south-east edge of the extensive Coorong Lakes system.
In this documentary you will meet Clyde and Rose Rigney, Ngarrindjeri elders, and hear why it’s so important for this project to be partnering with the community to preserve and protect this culturally important landscape.
The project sources native plants supplied by the local nursery at Raukkan, a self-governed Aboriginal community 30 km northwest of the site and many Ngarrindjeri community members are employed onsite to deliver activities such as vegetation monitoring, mapping and fencing.
One of Australia’s most important wetland areas, designated as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 1985, the diversity of ecosystems at Coorong Lakes makes a significant contribution to the importance of this area.
Rising above low-lying saline wetland communities of saltbush and paperbark shrublands are sandy dune systems of mallee and heathy woodlands, host to a rich diversity of native plants and animals, including the rare Cleland’s Beard-heath (Leucopogon clelandii) and the rare and elusive Elegant Parrot (Neophema elegans).
The Wilderlands project at Coorong Lakes provides permanent protection and on-going management to enhance the native wildlife, complementing adjoining and nearby reserves including Mount Sandy Reserve.