No Baaka, No Baakandji!

Kevin, our Warrego-Baaka (Darling) Cultural Advisor, shared with us this song by Leroy Johnson. It delivers a powerful message from Leroy about the Baaka – the lifeblood of the Baakandji people.

Jason Wilson and Paul Frazier discuss the Warrego River’s Western Floodplain with Rod on 2WEB

A few months ago Jason Wilson from the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office (CEWO) and Paul Frazier from 2rog jumped onto Radio 2WEB to discuss the Warrego River’s Western Floodplain in Toorale National Park, near Bourke. Click play to hear about flood events on the floodplain in recent years, cultural uses of the wetland plant, lignum (Wirnta in Kurnu-Baakandji) and much more.

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.