Traditional Gamilaaraay Language of the Gomeroi Nation used in this article (H. White & B. Duncan – Speaking Our Way, M. Mckemey).

The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder’s (CEWH) Science Program funds the Flow Monitoring, Evaluation and Research (FlowMER

Figure 1 Kerrie (right) explaining the uses of native grains for making food to Paul Frazier (centre) and Kurnu-Baakandji Cultural Advisor Kevin Knight (left).

Kerrie Saunders is our newly appointed Cultural Advisor for the Gwydir Selected Area. Kerrie will be guiding us in communications and engagements with Traditional Owners in the land of the Gomeroi Peoples.

Kerrie is a proud Gomeroi woman from Moree. She is passionate about native foods, particularly native grains, and the sustainability of Country. When she isn’t helping the Flow-MER team Kerrie runs her Yinarr-ma business conducting bush tucker tours along the Mehi River and helping Urban Landcare in native vegetation restoration. She is also an Aboriginal Community Engagement leader for the University of Sydney. Busy hey!

Kerrie has learned and developed skills that allow her to encourage her community to embrace their culture and wants to make young people aware of how important native grains are to culture and connecting with Country.

Did you Know! Native grains have been eaten by Traditional Owners for tens of thousands of years, they are gluten free, highly nutritious and keep the land healthy.

For Flow-MER we will work alongside Kerrie to help understand and restore the Gwydir system.

Managing water for the environment is a collective and collaborative effort, working in partnership with communities, private landholders, scientists and government agencies – these contributions are gratefully acknowledged.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we live, work and play. We also pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.