Yorke Peninsula Council has received $10,000 from the Northern and Yorke Landscape Board’s Grassroots Grants program to implement a management plan for Minlagawi Gum Flat.
Council is among 22 organisations, including community groups, councils, schools, landholders, First Nations communities and not-for-profits, to share in a total funding pool of $192,467.
The Grassroots Grants program, funded through the landscape levy, gives local communities a financial boost to make a difference.
Council will work with Narungga (traditionally spelled Nharangga) people and community groups to protect, restore and enhance the natural, cultural, and recreational values of Minlagawi Gum Flat Reserve while encouraging sustainable use and learning opportunities.
“There are two elements to the project, including removal of the declared weed species Casuarina glauca (swamp oak), and delivery of the Narungga Cultural Day,” Environment Officer Letitia Dahl-helm said.
“Swamp oak, whilst native to New South Wales and Queensland, is not indigenous to South Australia and has become a weed, with infestations excluding other species and changing the habitat values for native flora.”
Swamp oak is a declared weed species under the Landscape South Australia Act 2019.
“The swamp oak is particularly detrimental to the river red gums, which the reserve is named after, a sub-species that is only found on Yorke Peninsula in the reserve,” Mrs Dahl-helm said.
“The river red gums are significant to Narungga people, providing food, shade, shelter, material for tools, and a range of other provisions.”
The 2023 Narungga Cultural Day will build on the successful inaugural event attended by 130 people in May 2022.
The event will be expanded to provide more activities, tastings and opportunities to come together as a community.
The Narungga Cultural Day is proudly presented by Narungga Nations Aboriginal Corporation, Nharangga Aboriginal Progress Association and Yorke Peninsula Council.
The full list of grant recipients can be found at https://www.landscape.sa.gov.au/ny/get-involved/grants-and-funding.