Dreamweaver: rockhole maintenance

What is the Dreamweaver project?

Natural Resources Alinytjara Wilurara (AW) is working together with Aboriginal (Anangu) women to help them take a leadership role in managing natural resources now and into the future.

The Dreamweaver project works to overcome a number of inhibitors to women working on country, including lack of transport, lack of logistical support and a preference for family-oriented activities. It also aims to improve knowledge sharing between generations.

What is being done?

With assistance from Natural Resources AW, Anangu women in the AW natural resources management region are working to manage 16 women’s cultural water sites, including:

  • Mimili
  • Indulkana
  • Yalata
  • Fregon
  • Mamungari Conservation Park
  • Spinifex Lands
  • Koonibba
  • across the Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula region.

The women are undertaking comprehensive assessments of the sites (which may be rock holes, clay pans, soaks or springs) and sharing stories about the sites with their children and grandchildren. AW has partnered with Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Land Management and Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council in the delivery in the program in the APY Lands. 

Maintenance of the sites is done by women in different communities and includes:

  • draining and cleaning
  • fire management
  • removing invasive weeds and pest animals
  • identifying species that rely on the sites for water.

How much information is documented about the sites is guided by the women, as sensitivities around some sites affect how information can be made public.

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