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2010 Case Study: Working with Greening Australia and the local Indigenous community
Alcoa has a 29-year conservation partnership with Greening Australia. One part of this partnership is the award winning Moolapio project. From the Wathaurong language meaning ‘sandy place of trees’, Moolapio is focused on 500 hectares of our land around Point Henry. Together with Greening Australia we have developed a management plan to conserve, enhance and restore the local flora and fauna. The Moolapio project began in 2005 when we outlined a vision that the land owned and operated by Alcoa in the Point Henry region would be an area of outstanding “conservation, education, research and recreational value.”
Five members of the local Wathaurong community in Geelong have recently started a Certificate 1 in Conservation and Land Management, as part of the Moolapio project.
With critical funding from the Federal Government’s Caring for our Country fund, part of our Moolapio goal of community engagement and education continues. This is the second year Alcoa 23 has offered this opportunity, with four participants also gaining the Certificate in 2010. The three month course will ensure the five mature-age students receive a recognised and accredited certificate that provides them with real and transferable skills that will prepare them to successfully enter the workforce.
Almost all of the learning is based in the field, although students visit the Moolapio site on a weekly basis and assist Greening Australia staff with a variety of tasks such as maintenance of the on-site seed production facility, seed collection, removal of Boxthorn, and revegetation and planting activities as part of the autumn planting calendar.