Despite the fact we have not yet formalized our engagement committee in the communities around the Tropical Wetlands Reserve, the community is showing incredible support for the Forever Wild Tropical Wetlands reserve. Forever Wild programs empower social investment in wilderness by society at all levels, and in turn that society drives a lot of how that looks. In this case, at the local level the theatre Group in the small town of Mareeba, one of the communities close to the reserve, ran their opening night as a fundraiser for the reserve. They raised $2200, an astounding amount for a small amateur acting group in remote Australia. This is outstanding example of how […]
As part of Forever Wild’s ongoing push to connect the Earth’s natural landscapes and our societies, we worked with local partners to host an event against domestic violence on Tuesday 20th of November 2018. With Mareeba Community Housing Company and Mulungu Aboriginal Corporation Health Center the day brought together over 30 men from the community around the Tropical Wetlands, with the purpose of directly talking about the need to protect the women in our lives from violence – be they wives, sisters, mothers, aunts or simply friends. The day was geared towards direct talk as well as healing, connecting with oneself, others and the land. Sitting under the trees talking about our […]
We’ll bring you updates as we work to map the ancient and contemporary history of the Tropical Wetlands reserve. Fortunately, since the inception of the reserve under the Mareeba Wetlands Foundation a good deal of historical documents were compiled, particularly around early settler history but also early agricultural surveys. Now we are mapping those documents against physical locations on the reserve to ensure we make it as tangible as possible. Alongside the early European settler and more recent history, we are talking to the local Muluridji people to develop a program for them to search for sites of cultural significance. Some of the work and locations are sensitive so care is being […]
Photographer Tobias Baumgaertner has been capturing some remarkable images on our Tropical Wetlands reserve. This one of the Milky Way over Clancy’s lagoon is definitely one to stir the imagination. We have nights like this regularly on the reserve and it is a powerful draw for people wanting to experience the majesty of an unpolluted night sky, just as humans walked under for more than a million years.
On its Tropical Wetlands reserve in north Queensland, Forever Wild is working with the Muluridji Indigenous people to develop activities that connect disadvantaged youth and other community members to the reserve landscape. These activities will fit into the well-being program area for our landscapes. We are also engaging on a ideas ranging from local artists to bringing elders out to country to sit, as they did for thousands of years, and rebuild their connections to landscape. We are also exploring a wide range of ideas with the Mulungu Aboriginal Health centre in the local town of Mareeba, north Queensland, again focused on well-being.
There are many ways for a natural landscape to touch people’s emotions, many ways these wild places are bound to our society. Our Human Spirit program is absolutely unique to any conservation organisation, and specifically aims to capture all those values. In June 2018 we held our first ever community concert, a magnificent blend of spectacular natural beauty, bird life and human creatively. On the banks of Clancy’s lagoon where emus forage and freshwater crocodiles bask, Woyaya, a cappella choir, were the perfect accompaniment to the Tropical Wetlands reserve at sunset. They were preceded by a local band of high-school children playing classical music. We had over 300 people attend the concert […]