The Western Port Biosphere Foundation and Willum Warrain are thrilled to announce the completion of the first phase of our Healing Water Country Project.
This initiative aims to establish a biolink along the water course between Willum Warrain’s pun pun (wetlands) and the Warrangine.
In collaboration with Willum Warrain, the project emerged from conversations in early 2021, fostering a partnership to design, plan, and implement a project supporting the conservation of the local waterway. The goal is to transform it into a thriving habitat corridor, contributing to ongoing conservation efforts.
Funding from Esso’s Community Engagement and Partnership Program, aligned with UNESCO’s vision for Biosphere Reserves, has been instrumental in kickstarting this transformative venture. The first phase, supported by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, involved weed removal and native plantings. Community involvement has been paramount, with input from Willum Warrain members and supporters shaping the project’s design. This collaborative effort ensures engagement and ongoing support for the restoration and protection of our environment.
A recent milestone meeting at the Healing Water Country site brought together representatives from Willum Warrain, Western Port Biosphere Foundation, Esso Australia, and Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Natural Systems team. The occasion was marked by a smoking ceremony led by Uncle Alvin Rajkovic, accompanied by beautiful artwork from Willum Warrain artists Sammy Trist and Bree Webster.
As we celebrate this achievement, we eagerly anticipate the future stages of the Healing Water Country Project, grounded in the principles of community, connection, and conservation. Together, we’re creating community, connection and conservation.
Read more about this project here