Caring for forebears? land
LOOKING after the land runs deep for Tweed National Parks and Wildlife Service field officer Joshua Slabb. To him it's not just a job but an Aboriginal tradition.
Joshua, 25, who works with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service after completing a 12-month traineeship with the service in conjunction with TAFE, was recently awarded NSW TAFE Aboriginal Trainee of the Year and NSW TAFE South Western Sydney Institute Student of the Year.
"It's a pretty good thing to win, but it's even better to be able to fulfil the duties of taking care of the land," Mr Slabb said.
"It's extremely important as an Aboriginal descendant to do this - it's a big part of traditional life in years gone by and I have a great respect of the land," he said.
"It's vital that we all give back a little of what we take."
Mr Slabb, who has lived on the Tweed all his life, completed a Land Management and Conservation Certificate II at TAFE earlier this year.
"This work gives me the opportunity to work in conservation and land management, something done by the Aboriginal people throughout history," he said.
"In National Parks you get the modern-day land management as well as implementing traditional ways.
"It's good to be able to fulfil duties of taking care of the land.
"It's something I learnt from my elders and hope to pass on to my children and future generations."
- NADINE FISHER