Education and knowledge research

Other projects relevant to this theme include:

Caring for the Cotter Project evaluation

Cotter Catchment in the ACT. L-R: Magali McDuffie, Bill Fogarty

NCIS Adjunct Professor Patrick Sullivan, PhD Scholar Magali McDuffie, and Research Fellow Bill Fogarty are presently undertaking an analysis of the two-year Caring for the Cotter Project, involving the drafting of an evaluation report and the making of two short films for the ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate.

The Caring for the Cotter Catchment Project in the ACT commenced in 2010 and was completed in June 2013. It involved a multi-layered collaboration of several organisations and stakeholders: the ACT National Resource Management Council, the ACT Parks and Conservation Service, the United Ngunnawal Elders Council (UNEC), ACTEW Water, ACT Waterwatch, the Canberra Institute of Technology, and Greening Australia Capital Region. Located in the high-conservation area of the Cotter Catchment in the ACT, the project encompassed the environmental rehabilitation of extensive land areas within the Cotter Catchment, which was particularly affected by the 2003 bushfires, as well as a training component in land and resource management aimed at creating employment pathways for Aboriginal trainees.

The Caring for the Cotter project was funded under the Caring for Our Country program. This federal initiative promotes the environmental management of Australia's natural resources by supporting communities, farmers and other land managers to protect Australia's natural environment and sustainability.

Funding Indigenous projects is deemed an important part of the Caring for our Country initiative, and the Caring for the Cotter Catchment evaluation will be important in analysing social, economic, and environmental outcomes. The report will examine the funding sources for the project, the environmental outcomes achieved and whether Indigenous aspirations for employment in land management were met.

The Caring for the Cotter Catchment evaluation – while very small in scope – is nonetheless an important venture that will critically contribute to the government's strategic goals of conserving and protecting our environment and biodiversity and engaging Indigenous people in employment and further training.

Magali McDuffie and Bill Fogarty (NCIS) meeting with members of the Yurung Dhaura Natural Resource Management (NRM) Team, and ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate staff, for a day of filming at the Grass Tree Site, Cotter Catchment, ACT; July 2013.

Key NCIS researchers: Adjunct Professor Patrick Sullivan, Dr Bill Fogarty, Ms Magali McDuffie.

Project timeline: 2013.

Sustainable desert settlements

Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre Project

The Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre was funded by the former Australian Government Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and by Centre and Associate partners. The Desert Knowledge CRC focused its research on creating useful outcomes with commercial application for desert people, communities and partners. Research efforts focused on creating useful outcomes with commercial application for desert people, communities and Desert Knowledge CRC partners. Partners and interested parties benefited from the commercialisation of the research, accessing new intellectual property and the sharing of the extensive knowledge common to all desert regions.

In partnership with the ANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, NCIS involvement with the Desert Knowledge CRC encompassed ongoing field research in Anmatyerr country, north of Alice Springs in the Ti Tree region, for which the Desert Knowledge CRC supported a field research component.

Key NCIS researchers: Dr Sarah Holcombe (ex-NCIS).

Project timeline: 1 July 2003 to 30 June 2010.

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