Australia Day Awards 2020 - Environment Award Fred Palin - Lake Harding Association

Australia Day Awards 2020 – Environment Award Fred Palin

Australia Day Awards 2020 – Environment Award Fred Palin

By Micah Moen 0 Comment February 10, 2020

My name is Fred Palin and I’m a Joondoburri
Kabi Kabi elder and this is my country. The Pumicestone Passage is our traditional land and the Joondoburri have been living here for at least 7000 years since the sea level
has risen to its present height. So it’s been a long time that they’ve been
connected with this area. Well I’m the chairperson of the Marine Ecology
Education Indigenous Corporation and we put this together with Aboriginal people and the scientific community as a way of supporting and mentoring, especially Aboriginal students that are doing science at uni and trying to connect them and help them through. Because it’s a tough– it’s a tough course,
science. So we don’t want them to get through to year
two and then drop out. We want them to at least get a Bachelor. And if we can get a post-doc out of it then
I’ll be happy. It’s great to be an Aboriginal person who’s
actually really connected to their country, and it’s great to see that when we do make
inroads to the community for help in restoring some of these degrading
systems, that the community will come to the call and
really make it all happen. It’s terrific for our people, the Kabi Kabi. It’s probably the first step in a long journey and I’m so happy that I could make the first step for them and in future years we hope to see plenty
of Kabi Kabi involved in environmental restoration throughout not only Moreton Bay Regional Council
but the other councils as well.

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