Posts made in September, 2016

Five Walk Trail Sections Renamed with Aboriginal Nyungar Words

Posted on 21 Sep, 2016

Five Walk Trail Sections Renamed with Aboriginal Nyungar Words

The Wadjemup Walk Trail consists of 5 separate sections. These were originally named based on landmarks for operational purposes and to allow the trail to be marketed during construction. This was an interim measure prior to the development of more appropriate names; to align with the overarching name “Wadjemup Walk Trail”. Wadjemup is the Aboriginal Nyungar word for Rottnest Island. The operational names were: Bickley Bay; The Lakes; Wadjemup Hill; Salmon Bay; and West End. Process The Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) invited the submission of quotes in January 2015 from individuals or organisations with Whadjuk/Nyungar linguistic expertise to develop Aboriginal names for the five sections of the Wadjemup Walk Trail. Professor Len Collard, Moodjar Consulting, was successful in the advertised position. Between January 2015 and July 2016 Professor Len Collard in consultation with the RIA and the Whadjuk Working Party (facilitated by the South West Aboriginal Land & Sea Council)  developed concepts and renamed the five sections of the trail to Nyungar Aboriginal names. Bidi   is the Aboriginal Nyungar word for track or path. Wadjemup Walk Trail has now changed formally to the Wadjemup Bidi. Traditional Owner Endorsement The RIA received a letter from Nick Abraham, Regional Development Coordinator for the South West Aboriginal Land & Sea Council, on behalf of the Whadjuk Working Party, endorsing the new Aboriginal Nyungar names for the five sections, dated 28th July 2016. click-here-to-read-the-letter Realignment of Two Sections To coincide with these new Aboriginal names there has been a realignment of two of the trail sections, the Wadjemup Hill section and Salmon Bay section, to create delineation between the north and south of the Island, as these trails provide contrasting experiences. This realignment will see the intersection at Narrow Neck become a major node connecting three sections of trail, instead of the previous two sections. To ensure all promotional and marketing material for the Wadjemup Bidi depicts the new Aboriginal Nyungar names, the Rottnest Foundation website will undergo a number of changes and you will see the old section names replaced with the new names. pdf- maps-old-alignment-and-new-alignment    ...

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The Margaret River Chocolate Company- Raising Funds to Support Quokka Conservation

Posted on 20 Sep, 2016

The Margaret River Chocolate Company- Raising Funds to Support Quokka Conservation

In March this year, the Rottnest Foundation and The Margaret River Chocolate Company joined forces to support the conservation and research of the unique and much loved furry Western Australian marsupials, Quokkas. Rottnest Island has the largest population of Quokkas. When Dutch explorers first landed on the Island they thought the Quokkas were rats and named the Island “Rats Nest”, which later became Rottnest. In addition to the Rottnest Quokkas, the South West is home to three small colonies. The Quokka species is listed as “vulnerable” under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999 and on the ‘International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species’. The Margaret River Chocolate Company have created a chocolate quokka, fondly called ‘Chokka’ and have committed to donating part proceeds from each chocolate quokka sold to the Rottnest Foundation to provide much needed funding to support the protection of these endangered animals. Recently, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) revealed the devastating impact of the 2015 Northcliffe bushfire on a key population of mainland quokkas that inhabited this area. It is believed that up to 90% of the animals perished in this catastrophic fire. Prior to the fire, this bushland was home to more than 500 quokkas. Yet today, only 39 can be accounted for. There was an urgency to help save these remaining South West quokkas. To show their support, The Margaret River Chocolate Company provided a donation of $8250 to the WWF which has been used to purchase 30 new radio collars which will be enable tracking of the movements and locations of 30 of the surviving quokkas to help conserve the population into the future. For more information please visit the News Limited Article; The Courier Mail Article; or 9News Article. The WWF have also called for public donations to fund 30 sensor cameras to monitor the marsupials and keep an eye on feral predators.  If you would like to make a donation, please visit this link wwf.org.au/savequokkas The Rottnest Foundation would like to thank The Margaret River Chocolate Company for helping the WWF in this time of need and also thank the WWF for their work in Quokka conservation down South. The first donation from The Margaret River Chocolate Company to the Rottnest Foundation is expected in early 2017 and further details on ‘Chokka the Quokka’ will be released at that time. Thank you to everyone who donates to help save the quokkas!   For more information please visit http://chocolatefactory.com.au/community/ ‘Chokka the Quokka’ also has his own Facebook...

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The Wadjemup Bidi Project is a finalist in the 2016 Premier’s Awards under the ‘Managing the Environment’ Category

Posted on 9 Sep, 2016

The Wadjemup Bidi Project is a finalist in the 2016 Premier’s Awards under the ‘Managing the Environment’ Category

The Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) Wadjemup Bidi Project is a finalist in the running to win a Premier’s Award under the ‘Managing the Environment’ category this year. All affiliated volunteer groups; the Rottnest Foundation, the Rottnest Society, Winnit Club, Conservation Volunteers, Rottnest Nursery Volunteers and the Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association submitted letters of support towards the original application. Nominations were shortlisted and Jeff King the Rottnest Foundation Chairman was one of the presenters along with two RIA representatives who made a formal presentation about the project to a panel of judges. Jeff King spoke on behalf of all  community groups who collaboratively manage the project in partnership with the RIA. As a category finalist, the RIA will be invited to attend the 2016 Premier’s Awards Ceremony on the 2nd of November 2016; where the finalists, winners of each category and overall winner will be announced and presented their awards. The Premier released a media statement on the 5th of September 2016 regarding the high standard of public sector awards entries this year. https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Barnett/2016/09/High-standard-of-public-sector-award-entries.aspx Fingers crossed everyone and good luck to the RIA! For more information on the 2016 Premier Awards please visit: rottnest-island-wadjemup-walk-trail-premiers-award-western-suburbs-article-oct-16 http://www.rottnestfoundation.org.au/2016/08/04/the-wadjemup-walk-trail-has-been-nominated-to-win-a-premiers-award/...

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