My name is Fred Palin and I'm a Joondoburri Kabi Kabi elder and this is my country.
The Pumicestone Passage is our traditional land and
the Joondoburri have been living here
for at least 7000 years since the sea level has risen to its present height.
So it's been a long time that they've been connected with this area.
Well I'm the chairperson of the Marine Ecology Education Indigenous Corporation
and we put this together with Aboriginal people and the scientific community
as a way of supporting and mentoring,
especially Aboriginal students that are doing science at uni and
trying to connect them and help them through.
Because it's a tough-- it's a tough course, science.
So we don't want them to get through to year two and then drop out.
We want them to at least get a Bachelor.
And if we can get a post-doc out of it then I’ll be happy.
It's great to be an Aboriginal person who's actually really connected to their country,
and it's great to see that when we do make inroads to the community
for help in restoring some of these degrading systems,
that the community will come to the call and really make it all happen.
It's terrific for our people, the Kabi Kabi.
It's probably the first step in a long journey
and I'm so happy that I could make the first step for them
and in future years we hope to see plenty of Kabi Kabi involved in environmental restoration
throughout not only Moreton Bay Regional Council but the other councils as well.