Reconciliation in practice.
The Gumbaynggirr Conservation Group is a historic alliance between Gooris and environmentalists to protect Country and advocate for land rights for the sacred relationship between Country, Kin and Culture.
The First Nations led group was born during the fight to save Nambucca State Forest from the negligence of Forestry Corporation NSW, who failed to respect cultural significance of the land and perpetuated further environmental threat in this bio-diversity hotspot following the catastrophic 2019 bushfire season.
The Gumbaynggirr Conservation Group now sets forward to protect and nurture all Gumbaynggirr homeland, people, flora and fauna, culture and language through the lense of Gumbaynggirr spiritual practice and lore.
The group draws on both ancient and cutting-edge science-based methods that have proven to be sustainable to land, people, animals, totems and culture.
The allyship looks to build a framework that can be replicated by communities across the nation in order to protect Country, preserve language and celebrate culture, so that future generations can relish in the beauty of Gumbaynggirr homelands and culture.
Yaam Gumbaynggirr Jagun - Ngiyaa Marraalgundi!
"Everyone and everything is in a personal relationship - all are important though some are owed special respect.
In the Aboriginal world, spiritual force is spread through the world concentrated in certain parts.
Through the earth as mother a person is related to, has a kinship with, all living things (and all things are alive)"
UNCLE MICKLO JARRETT
Senior Gumbaynggirr Elder
“Never before have we had Gumbaynggirr Custodians, local community and environment groups uniting together like this - this is real reconciliation.
We are all here as one to protect Country.”
SANDY JARRETT GREENWOOD