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Rapping to a healthy environment - Our Earth, Our Land

Hip-hop music is being used to highlight the link between Aboriginal land management and sustainability through an innovative project being undertaken in the Riverina.

Our earth, our land, is a rap song and music video created by local Aboriginal community members to engage and educate Aboriginal youth about connection to Country.

Riverina Local Land Services Aboriginal Communities Officer, Greg Packer said the aim of the project was to emphasise the relationship between sustainable land management and Aboriginal land management knowledge.

“The song and video showcase the importance of music and culture within the Aboriginal community and why we all need a healthy environment’, he said.

“We’ve developed an innovative, relevant and fun way to involve and encourage Aboriginal youth to participate in their landscape.”

Mr Packer said the local Aboriginal community was involved in identifying the main environmental themes for the song to make sure it echoed traditional themes that were still relevant today.

“We hope that this tool can be rolled out in schools to help to educate the younger community on natural resource management and raise the importance that traditional Aboriginal land management has in looking after the environment today,” he said.

The project was a collaborative effort between Riverina Local Land Services, local Aboriginal community members, Wagga TV and Clean Slate Media with funding from the Australian Governments National Landcare Program.

Media contact: Tracey Bell, Riverina Local Land Services, Phone: 0428 435 029