Locating and Recording Water Trees
Goldfields Land and Sea Council
Ngadju lands have very little fresh water and limited catchment areas. Water Trees were essential resources that allowed people to move through and live in the landscape. Many of the water trees were intentionally modified by Ngadju who created a bowl in the centre to store water. This project located and mapped significant ‘water
trees’ in the traditional lands of the Ngadju people. The resultant map is to be used to develop a strategy to protect the trees in the face of increased development of roads, pipelines, seismic lines, drilling programs and power lines. The digital database created will be used to inform ongoing Heritage Assessment work in the area. It will also be used as a planning tool for fire ecology work, aimed at reducing the fire risk to the trees.