Posted: January 25th, 2018
Bush Heritage Australia (Bush Heritage) is seeking to develop a close and productive working relationship with the Malgana community. Bush Heritage is one of Australia’s largest and most effective conservation organisations.
Best-practice science and collaborations with others, particularly Traditional Owners, are what define its approach to conservation.
In 2014, the Malgana native title claim group supported Bush Heritage’s purchase of Hamelin Station Reserve, on the edge of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. This support was given under the understanding that Bush Heritage would continue to engage with Malgana Traditional Owners to advance their social, economic and cultural interests, including providing training and employment opportunities. Bush Heritage continues to have these discussions with the Malgana community on several fronts.
Now, Bush Heritage is looking to develop a world class research and educational facility on Hamelin Station. Called ‘The Shark Bay Science Centre’, it will offer unique science, business, employment and community engagement opportunities in the Shark Bay region. The Malgana community is invited to express preliminary interest in these opportunities (business, employment and community engagement).
The Shark Bay Science Centre will promote improved knowledge and understanding of this unique landscape. And, it is hoped that, in partnership with the Malgana community, this centre will celebrate and include a strong focus of the region’s Aboriginal cultural values, history and continuing use and living culture.
Subject to successful fundraising, the facility will result in more visitors to the Shark Bay area and subsequent opportunities for regional economic growth and employment.
The employment opportunities will be broad, ranging from direct employment to associated business partnerships such as:
- educational or interpretive services such as tours, talks and the creation of cultural displays;
- construction-related trades such as carpentry and landscaping;
- hospitality services such as housekeeping and catering; and
- land management-related activities.
Other innovative ideas for participation are also welcomed.
Bush Heritage has contracted O’Neill Business Services to seek interest from the community throughout January 2018, with assistance from a Gascoyne Development Commission grant. For more information or to express interest, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0428 250 906.
Beyond January 2018 please contact Bush Heritage Australia directly via Angela.Hawdon@bushheritage.org.au or 1300 628 873.