Noongar connection guides restoration of Great Southern’s Lake Pleasant View

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Lake Pleasant View is home to an exciting community restoration project.
Camera IconLake Pleasant View is home to an exciting community restoration project. Credit: South Coast NRM

Noongar families’ generational connection and deep knowledge of the south coast’s ancient landscapes will guide a new project to preserve and restore Lake Pleasant View.

South Coast Natural Resource Management has teamed up with the Albany Heritage Reference Group Aboriginal Corporation for a three-year project, Restoring Noongar Boodja.

To begin the project, the South Coast NRM team will meet with Noongar landowners and their families on the property near Manypeaks, about 40km east of Albany, next month.

The property was purchased by the Indigenous Land Corporation 13 years ago after a large granite outcrop was quarried by the previous owner.

The group has since worked to revegetate the site, which has been an important meeting place for Menang people for thousands of years.

It features a granite amphitheatre, gnamma holes and a rock shelter overlooking wetlands which are home to species including the endangered Australasian bittern.

Next month, the group will start discussing the future of the site and how its cultural heritage and rich biodiversity can be preserved and protected.

The group will explore the potential for educational, tourism and cultural enterprises taking place on the land.

South Coast NRM sustainable communities program manager Karen Herlihy said the community meeting was open to all members of the AHRGAC and their families to share their ideas for the future of the property.

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