Taking Coolgardie Kids on Country is an important role for Elders and sisters Betty and Maxine Dimer.
“The kids need to get out of town and know their country,“ said Betty, a local Councilor from the Shire of Coolgardie.
Betty and Maxine worked with Millennium Kids facilitators to secure funding from ASX-listed mining and exploration company Independence Group NL (IGO) for the 2019 program. They will take the kids camping at Fraser Range, on the edge of the Great Western Woodland, the largest intact temperate Mediterranean woodland left in the world.
Kids will learn how to manage a camp, collect seed and will find out how mining companies revegetate mining sites.
“It is important for the kids to work with all stakeholders, to have a say about how we look after our country and learn real life skills.” Said Betty.
Kids on Country has been running for three years and this year the Kids will visit Credo Station and learn about the Indigenous Ranger program, they’ll check out the Kalgoorlie Boulder Urban Landcare Group and host a visiting lecturer from John Moore Liverpool University in the UK, leading tours showcasing how they learn science skills on country.
The Kids on Country book featuring artworks done by the Kids in the Great Western Woodland will be launched in February 2019.