Traditional Indigenous owners welcome school students to the traditional lands of Wahlubal people of the Bundjalung Nation. This episode explores the ancient connection to the land and the role of First Nations people in protecting the environment for generations to come. (1:45)

Save Our Catchment – Episode 1

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following video may contain images and voices of deceased persons.


Southern Cross School of Distance Education acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which this video was filmed. We pay respect to elders both past and present of the Wahlabul people of Bundjalung Nation and extend our gratitude for their generous sharing of knowledge and expertise about the importance of this site.

Roy Bell [Administration officer & Bunjalung man and Jubullum Local Aboriginal Land Council]

Today we're filming on Wahlabul Country, the land where my ancestors once lived, hunted, gathered, and walked. I like to pay my respect to the elders both past and present and I hope you guys have a great day today.


Please enjoy your virtual excursion while acknowledging the elders both past and present, giving respect to those who permitted the production of these videos and generously shared their time, knowledge and expertise.

[Uplifting music and images of Bundjalung country]

List of sources and Acknowledgements:

  1. Image – Australian Rivers. Retrieved from
  2. Image – Australian Drainage divisions and River Basin Boundaries. Retrieved from
  3. Video – Drone Footage of The Everlasting Swamp. We would like to thank The Everlasting Swamp National Park and Jessica Robertson Photography and Design for contributing their beautiful drone footage
  4. Narration – Voice over by Melissa Ellis, Southern Cross School of Distance Education
  5. Acknowledgment – We wish to thank Father Pop Harry Walker, Annabelle Walker, Roy Bell, Jubullum Local Aboriginal Land Council, Steve Walker, Marty Walker, David Foley, Upper Clarence River Landcare, Terry Moody, Steven Ross, Frederick Ellis]

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