Our Publications

Here are a few of our publications related to the Aborginal NRM program.

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Ballardong Noongar Dictionary
To speak a language, you need to know not just a list of words, but also an understanding of how to put them together into sentences, as well as the right form of the word to convey the meaning you intend. In English, you need to know that the subject goes before the verb and the object follows it. If you change the order of the words, a different meaning will result.

2018 Mooditj Boodja Calendar
What does Mooditj Boodja mean?

2017 Wheatbelt NRM Bush Tucker Calendar
Learn about bush tucker, seasons and the Noongar culture in our 2017 Annual Calendar.

Badjaling Story Book
The Badjaling Mission reserve was created in 1933 for the United Aborigines Mission and originally also included all the land contained in DEC Reserve 23758. The reserve was the camping ground and home for about 30 Nyungar families from 1887 to 1954. It was used by local Nyungar people prior to colonisation for traditional hunting, food collecting and camping as it contained several freshwater sources. Nyungar people have continued to camp in the area from time to time even after people were officially moved to Quairading Reserve in 1954 when the mission closed. Nyungar people formally moved back to the Reserve in 1980, the current housing being established in 1998.

2021 – 2026 Aboriginal NRM Action Plan – Koort Boodjar – Mia Boodjar (My Heartland – My Homeland)
This, the third iteration of the Aboriginal NRM Action Plan, presents a solid strategy for our Noongar Elders Advisory Group’s aspirations for the Wheatbelt Aboriginal community. It provides a guiding framework for enabling the Noongar community to continue to manage and benefit from the region’s traditional natural and cultural resources – now and into the future. This document is a five-year Action Plan with a review date of 2026.

Ballardong Noongar Budjar. "Healthy Country - Healthy People"
This document represents particular importance for the local Aboriginal people of the Avon River Basin – the Ballardong Noongar. Our people have lived in harmony with the natural environment of the Avon region for thousands of years – or as our ancestors have described – since time began. This document therefore, aims to represent this close affinity Ballardong Noongars have had with their Country since the time of the Dreaming. This spiritual attachment to Country now incorporates a religious perspective for many Noongar people, who believe God is represented in the Dreaming as the Great Spirit who was the ‘Giver of the Land’. Ballardong Noongar were the recipients of this gift and were therefore, given great responsibility to care for the Land. Through colonisation and the consequences of our historical past, Noongar people have lost their God given right to take care of their Country. In this document we are now saying that the time is right for Ballardong Noongar people to be re-engaged – for our black hands to be put back in our Country.

Boodjin - The Boyagin Rock Storybook
Kaya (hello)! Noongar katadjin (knowledge) of boodjar (country) is a precious thing and a privilege to learn. This storybook offers a glimpse of the rich katadjin surrounding Boyagin Rock. This katadjin is passed on to new generations of Noongars (the Aboriginal people of south-west Australia), both in rural and metro areas, whose moort (family) connections to Boyagin are strong.

Burlong Pool Interpretive Signs
Located 5 kilometres west of the Northam Townsite, Burlong Pool is a semi-permanent body of water and a site of significnce to both the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people of Northam.

Koompkinning: The Pumphrey's Bridge Storybook
A collation of local stories and photographs, containing information on local significant sites, flora and fauna, family groups, and the mysterious falling phenominum stones.

NRM WA - The Ranger Program 
The Noongar Boodja Ranger program established in 2014 is a new initiative to provide opportunities for unemployed Aborigines to get back out on country doing NRM work.

Nyungar Budjara Wangany Nyungar NRM Wordlist and Language Collection Booklet of the Avon Catchment Region
To speak a language you need to know not just a list of words, but you need also to understand how to put them together into sentences, as well as the right form of the word to convey the meaning you intend. In English you need to know that the subject goes before the verb, and the object follows it. If you change the order of the words, a diff erent meaning will result.

Our Country...Our Stories...Our People: Ngalak Ngank nitja Budjar, ngalak waankaniny nitja katajin, ngalak moort nitja djurapiny
The purpose of this paper is to support the ‘Recording Traditional Knowledge for Natural Resource Management in the Avon River Basin” by providing a rudimentary analysis of literature about traditional Noongar land use and management, including attachment, cultural, physical and spiritual aspects, within the Avon River Basin. The project is a result of the joint efforts of the Ballardong Natural Resource Management Working Group (Ballardong NRM Working Group) and the Avon Catchment Council. The common vision held by these two key groups is to bring to fruition the desire of all people in the Avon River Basin Region “to have healthy Budjar that could be enjoyed by all”. The project intends “to represent the perspectives and the period of time that Noongar people have been occupying and caring for their Budjar”.

Recording Traditional Knowledge Project Aboriginal Employment Opportunities in the Avon River Basin 2008
Outlining Ballardong peoples’ desire for development of employment and economic opportunities in NRM.

The Derdibin Gnamma Storybook 
My name is Kevan Davis. Gnammas were life-giving sources of water for my Noongar ancestors for many thousands of years. I want to tell you the story of the Derdibin gnamma, but first let me tell you a little bit about gnammas and Noongar life in general.

The Twines Storybook
The Twines is a huge granite outcrop in the Twines Reserve, near Narembeen, in Noongar boodja (country) of south-west Western Australia. The Twines has dreamtime stories and many life-sustaining ngamas (gnammas/rock holes that hold water). It is a very sacred Noongar place. The Twines is in the Southwest Australia Ecoregion – one of only 34 internationally recognised biodiversity hotspots on Earth.



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