We had a great day out with Christian and Mike Fletcher today. Out to Nannup initially to have a look at the Black Cockatoo Sanctuary and then off to an old growth timber forest.
The Black Cockatoo Sanctuary was run by a couple who have been living out there for 26 years taking in injured and sick birds, rehabilitating them and then releasing them back into their natural habitat, which is the old growth forest that surrounds the Nannup area.
We went there as they are concerned that the old growth forest has been earmarked for logging. The Sanctuary has a number of birds ready for release, but they are worried that if they do release them that their habitat won’t be there in the not too distant future.
This debate has gone on in many areas and to me, the logic should come back to simply working with new growth areas and leaving the last old growth areas alone. In that way the natural habits that are left for creatures like the Black Cockatoos and the timber trade can carry on by using the new growth areas.
After the visit to the Cockatoo area, we went out to a sacred Aboriginal area in amongst the forest and we were fortunate enough to hear from a beautiful Aboriginal Lady by the name of Mitch who was inspirational, positive, knowledgeable and very much in harmony with the land.
Unlike other speakers I have heard on similar subjects to this, Mitch was not interested in talking about issues of the past, she said we need to learn from the past, but look to the future, because we can’t change the past, but for sure we can all take charge of our futures.
Not only was she a great speaker, she was a very natural model and even in challenging conditions, I managed to get a few good shots of her.
Interestingly enough we also had Emma Bussel there as well, who was a direct descendant from the Bussel family who have lived in the Busselton area for ever!
After listening to Mitch speak in the Old Growth area, we went to where the logging had started. You can see why people get emotional about these areas for sure.
All in all a nice day out with some cool people with a good cause.