Savannah enriching the environment and traditional owners …

The projects I have been planning for years are now ready for implementation, after considerable research, with a plan for around 50,000 trees to start with. Funding from government and industry creates too much red tape and conditions which could not easily be met in remote communities and outstations.

Donations are now being sought, with $500 from myself to kick things off. It’s already cost me many thousands to get to this stage as well as years of voluntary input.

My group has managed for years with little help from those sources, relying on consultation and plant sales along with training and various government agency employment activities such as Work for the Dole and Green Army.aCustom made benches in the Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation Nursery are able to hold 100,000 seedlings, and are surrounded by Green Army landscaped trial Savannah Orchards. (This post will be sticky for a few weeks.)

The Dampier Peninsula has over 40 outstation communities, with 4 or 5 ready to accept a project. Ten thousand seedling tubes are sown with the appropriate seeds and have started germinating. All that’s needed is funding to begin planting. Expected costs amount to around $30,000 for 1,000 trees, fenced, planted, irrigated and maintained.

Our efforts are designed to keep people on their country, without having to rely on outside funding agencies such as government departments.

The outcome of high value products will be seen in 3 to 5 years, after which communities will be self funding.

Terminalia ferdinandianaThe product above has a high value, and is used in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. It has only been available as a wild harvested species until now, and plans require it be maintained as an aboriginal industry. Known locally as Gubinge, it’s also been called the Kakadu Plum.

Please go to the link above and donate. It is also possible to advance any of the projects as a loan, repayable at a time to be agreed by the receiving traditional owner bodies. Any queries can be directed to me on 0439511985 or

Below is an example of another species that will be included in the projects.



If you are able to help, please do. The need for helping out in this way is higher than ever.


About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley)
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