Cultural Revitalisation

This project aims to facilitate and understand how connection to culture through an important kinship species, the northern Corroboree frog (Pseudophryne pengilleyi), can support resilient communities through integrating and restoring core Aboriginal cultural values.

Place-based cultural revitalisation: Culture futures with the Corroboree frog will explore an interweaving of human and more-than-human renewal that enables resilience in social-ecological systems. The team will work with community members in the Bogong Peaks Wilderness Area in Kosciuszko National Park to reinvigorate the cultural stories of Corroboree frog.  The research is led by Wolgalu Country and Corroboree frog in collaboration with Wolgalu and Wiradjuri First Nations community members.

The project is a pilot study with two key aims:

  1. To explore new ways to support cultural revitalisation and renewal;
  2. To scope and foster the development of participatory indicators that support culturally-led pathways to resilience.


Research team

UOW researchers

Lisa Slater (ASSH), Katharine Haynes (SMAH), Vanessa Cavanagh (ASSH). 

External partners

Mal Ridges (NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment, and The University of New England), Geoff Simpson (NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment), David Hunter (NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment), Sue Bulger (Brungle Tumut Local Aboriginal Land Council).


This project is working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 1: No Poverty   Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing    Goal 10: Reduced inequalities   Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.    Goal 13: Climate action   Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals