30 Ideas: Noongar Language Sign, Plants and Animals of Lake Mealup

Category: 30th Anniversary, News, Oceania, WLI Oceania

Last updated: April 14th, 2021

In 2021 we are marking 30 years of WLI cooperation by sourcing 30 neat ideas from WLI members. Today we hear from Australia.

Title: Noongar Language Sign: Plants and Animals of Lake Mealup

In the Ramsar-listed Peel-Yalgorup wetlands system in Western Australia, indigenous leader George Walley from Mandjoogoordap Dreaming and specialist teacher Lee-Anne Walley from Greenfields Primary School worked together with Peel-Harvey Catchment Council to develop a sign and education resources translating the plants and animals of Lake Mealup names. The signage featured local Noongar language and English names for insects, mammals, reptiles, plants and birds at the lake and was used in education excursions to the wetlands.

Learning and conservation outcomes: Appreciation and understanding of indigenous language and culture, local plants and animals

Audience: All ages and backgrounds

Cost: Depending on local context

Key themes: Traditional ecological knowledge, language, culture, plants, animals

Equipment/resources required: Expertise of local indigenous leaders; design.

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