Aboard a boat with a Ngarrindjeri name, scientists will monitor the River Murray

The SA Environment Protection Authority has launched a new vessel: the Nori.

South Australia’s Environment Protection Authority has a new toy.

The Nori will be used to take scientists around the River Murray, Lower Lakes and Coorong so they can carry out environmental assessments and compliance checks.

As well as taking its name from the Ngarrindjeri word for “pelican”, the vessel is decorated with imagery by Ngarrindjeri artist Summer Sumner.

“The rivers flow, bringing people together; the basket weave symbolises the Ngarrindjeri nation and the nets of our ancestors that became the bill of the nori,” she said.

“The circles represent the unity of our people and your people.

“We are all caring for country together whilst the nori watches over you as a protector.”

Sure enough, pelicans watched on at Milang as the boat was launched recently, following a smoking ceremony by Ngarrindjeri elder Major “Moogy” Sumner.

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