We’d like you to meet Kevin and Liz

2rog and UNE are piloting a program to welcome Cultural Advisors to the Gurnu-Baakandji (Warrego-Darling) and the Gomeroi (Gwydir) Selected Area Flow-MER teams. Employing the knowledge and skills of advisors from each area, we are fortunate to welcome Kevin & Liz to the team. Learn more about Liz Learn more about Kevin

What’s happening at Toorale?

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is preparing for the construction of new and upgraded water infrastructure at Homestead and Boera dams. Following extensive studies and consultation, both Boera and Homestead dams will be retained and modified to provide improved flow management in the Warrego and Darling rivers, while protecting important cultural and environmental values on the Toorale National Park and State Conservation Area (Toorale).

Q&A: Lakkari Pitt

Last year we shared an art series produced by Gamilaroi artist, Lakkari Pitt, that beautifully captured the Flow-MER program ecological indicators shown in the image above.

This time we want to share a little more about the artist herself. Lakkari discusses family, connection to Country and traditional knowledge in our feature Q&A that we’re excited to share for NAIDOC week, 2021.

Issue 17 Migratory birds in the Warrego: a home away from home

The Warrego River and its associated wetlands, including the Western Floodplain, occasionally host a suite of international migratory waterbirds. These birds are seasonal vistors who make epic journeys across the globe to visit Australia, and they depend on healthy wetlands to do so.

There is lots to learn about migratory birds. Where do they come from and why? How do they navigate? And how often do they execute mammoth migrations between the north and south poles?

Issue 16 White-bellied sea eagle nest spotted at Warrego River’s Boera Dam

If you stand in just the right spot on the bank of Boera Dam in the Toorale State Conservation Area (SCA) and look to the trees in the east, you will spot a very large mass of twigs and sticks neatly curated into a large bowl shape. When our bird expert, Steve Debus, spotted this mass his interest was piqued. He raised his binoculars to have a good look and immediately identified a white-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) nest. This is the furthest west in NSW that Steve had ever seen or heard of a white-bellied sea eagle nest with a breeding pair. Given that Steve is a raptor expert with about 40 years of experience, this observation is probably unique.