Walking the island together

In November last year, Traditional Owner Samarla Deshong spent a week on Avoid Island with QTFN’s Dr Renee Rossini.

Samarla and Renee spent time walking the island, which is on Koinmerburra saltwater country, identifying plants and setting up direct seeding experiments across the island.

Samarla shared her knowledge of traditional uses of the plants, bush tucker and First Nations land management values.

Since the visit, Samarla and Renee have started building a seed library and plant database for Avoid Island, documenting Koinmerburra names and uses for plants.