Sam Provost

As well as studying the environment at ANU, I'm doing a cadetship with the ABC through the Indigenous Cadetships Support initiative.

"For people who have come from all over Australia to study at ANU, Tjabal is a family and a place to get together and yarn like we would at home. Culture can get lost in a big institution like this, Tjabal reminds us of our culture and celebrates it.

"For me, the environment and my Indigenous culture fall into the same category. An intrinsic part of Aboriginal culture and lore values environmental systems; that connection with country and the land.

"Australia is an old, dry country and European land management practices don't work here. I want to learn more about traditional Aboriginal land practices, developed over 20,000 years, and integrate them with current Western land management practices.

"As well as studying the environment at ANU, I'm doing a cadetship with the ABC through the Indigenous Cadetships Support initiative. It's given me the opportunity to do some really awesome things, like investigating the state of the native forest industry in Australia for Radio National. It's also a foot in the door of the industry, if that's what I want.

"What I want in particular, is to help to conserve the culture around the South Coast of NSW, where I'm from, and have it be a part of land management down there. Whether that's through working in government, conducting research, or raising awareness in the media. I care about the environment and I want to be able to preserve it and conserve it."