While seeing biodiversity return to the land is forefront for us, Neds Corner Station also supports a community of people who are working towards conservation.
Having a history of human use spanning over tens of thousands of years, Neds Corner is a living archive of sacred cultural sites and artefacts of the First People of the Millewa-Mallee, being Latji Latji, Ngintait and Nyeri Nyeri Traditional Owners. By providing a place to meet, we hope to continue a long legacy of community-making.
Formal meetings about the management and protection of this important cultural landscape are often held by our partners at Neds Corner, including the Mallee Catchment Management Authority, the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder and Parks Victoria.
For many years we have also hosted local school visits and field trips for La Trobe University archaeology students and researchers, and in 2019 three University of Melbourne masters students completing a project on Neds Corner. We also regularly benefit from visits from dedicated bird watching groups and field naturalist clubs who provide a record of species observed during their stay. These exchanges of support and learning are very rewarding and are carefully arranged to ensure every visitor makes a contribution to Neds Corner.
Restoration over its 30,000 ha has provided some surprising and pleasing results—we see species returning to the land that haven’t been seen for decades. For the first time in at least 11 years, Neds Corner is home to two Wedge-tailed Eagle hatchlings. Wedge-tailed Eagles need a large range to source food from and we think the return of these birds is a sign that the ecology has recovered to the point where it can now support these majestic creatures. Predators are critical to a resilient and balanced ecosystem and it’s been a thrill to watch them grow.
If you would like to support the rehabilitation of Neds Corner Station go to trustfornature.org.au.
For more information about projects in the Mallee region contact our Senior Conservation Officer Greg Ogle on (03) 8631 5888, firstname.lastname@example.org.