The idea to build an Indigenous Learning Circle within Diamond Valley bushland is suddenly a reality for not-for-profit group Gubbi Gubbi Dyungungoo.

The organisation is one of six groups across South East Queensland sharing in more than $40,000 of funding for projects to improve the community’s education and involvement with water.

Seqwater Community Education Team Leader, Michelle Bordignon, said the bulk water authority’s Water for Life grants program promoted water education and aimed to build partnerships that benefit South East Queensland waterways, catchments and communities.

“The program, now in its third year, is an exciting way for us to partner with community organisations and groups, who can provide a wealth of knowledge about their local area and waterways,” Ms Bordignon said.

“At Seqwater, we are committed to water for life – our service extends beyond water supply to supporting a sustainable water future for generations to come.

“We received dozens of applications and were pleased to be able to provide grants to six nonprofits who, through education, help make significant contributions to their communities and environment.”

Gubbi Gubbi Dyungungoo – based across the Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast areas - are responsible for the culture and heritage of their traditional lands.

Author Gerritje Galloway, a volunteer at Gubbi Gubbi Dyungungoo, said the $8,800 in funding that the organisation received would help establish an outdoor learning and teaching space to educate schools and the community about Aboriginal culture, history and way of life.

“The Gubbi Gubbi Dyungungoo Group plans to build an Indigenous Learning Circle located in an area of bushland in Diamond Valley,” Ms Galloway said.

“In Aboriginal culture, a learning circle is a sacred place where small groups gather to talk, listen and share wisdom with each other.

“The circle will include a fireplace in the centre with sandstone seating around it, once completed it will be used to host school excursions and cultural workshops educating people about the Aboriginal people, the environment and conservation principles.”

Ms Galloway said without the grant funding, developing the learning circle may not have been possible.

“The traditional owners are very grateful to receive this support. As custodians of the land it’s important for Gubbi Gubbi Dyungungoo to share their knowledge of the land and cultural heritage with the community otherwise we are in danger of losing that heritage.”

Seqwater General Manager Dan Spiller said previous grant winners had put their funding to good use, delivering projects that supported a sustainable water future.

“Through this initiative, we have been able to help make a number of great projects a reality,” Mr Spiller said.

“I look forward to seeing what our grant recipients will accomplish this year.” Community groups awarded
 


Gubbi Gubbi Dyungungoo members Christine Stuart and Gerritje Galloway discuss the Diamond Valley property during a Mooloolah River Landcare tour.

2018 Water for Life Community grant recipients:

• Moggill Creek Catchment Group $4,000

• Griffith University $10,000

• Gubbi Gubbi Dyungungoo Group Inc $8,800

• Somerset Dam and Districts Progress Association Inc $7,000

• Cooloola Coast Care $7,000

• ECollaborate Ltd $10,00