Broome takes national lead in developing a vision for its long-term future

01 May 2018

International Earth Day initiative sets scene for long-term community blueprint.  

The northwest town of Broome is taking a lead nationally in developing a vision for its long-term future.

Launched at the Broome Cathedral on Sunday (22 April 2018) to coincide with UNESCO’s International Earth Day, a major study titled Transition Broome: Collaborating to Care for Our Common Home will involve hundreds of Broome residents.

Led by researchers at the Nulungu Research Institute – part of The University of Notre Dame Australia, a team of 10 national and international researchers will join six prominent members from the Broome and international communities to develop an advisory group which will oversee the three-year project. The advisory group will be chaired by the Most Reverend Christopher Saunders (Bishop of Broome).

Highlights of the study, which will focus on Aboriginal culture, the environment, positive educational outcomes and community growth include:

  • The Aboriginal Knowledges for Sustainable Futures project – Nulungu PhD researcher from the USA, Bobbie Chew Bigby, will collaborate with Aboriginal organisations to work with cultural knowledges, traditions and environmental practices that form the backbone of the West Kimberley community. This will be informed by Bobbie’s own experiences with her Native community in Oklahoma.
  • The Community Development for Sustainable Futures project – Nulungu’s Anne Jennings will implement community development with the Parish of Broome, environmental organisations and community groups to transform day-to-day environmental habits and practices.
  • The Transformative Education and Sustainable Schools project – A doctoral researcher will work with St Mary’s School and Broome schools to encourage educational practices for sustainable living.

“The study was inspired by a call from Pope Francis which encourages change in political, economic, cultural and social systems, and individual lifestyles, in order to create happier, healthier and more resilient communities,” Project lead, Associate Professor Sandra Wooltorton, said

“We already have strong local support to develop a body of research knowledge that can support local, national and international social transformation.”

The research collaboration includes The University of Notre Dame Australia, Australian Catholic University, the Catholic Diocese of Broome, Broome Catholic Education Office, Broome Senior High School, Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre, Environs Kimberley, Incredible Edible Broome, St Mary’s College, Madjulla Inc and Growing Green Minds Eco-education Broome.


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