Official Launch of Aboriginal Participation Guidelines

16 September 2016

On 15th September 2016, the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA were proud to host the launch of the Aboriginal Participation Guidelines, with the Wurundjeri Tribe Land Cultural Heritage Council.
The launch was held at a cultural eel trap site in Eltham – a place of great cultural significance for the Wurundjeri. Guests were treated to a smoking ceremony conducted by Uncle David Wandin, before the official launch by Angus Hume, Chair of the Victorian Catchment Management Council. Uncle David Wandin then led an interesting tour to the eel trap site on the Yarra River and discussed the history of the site.
Representatives from the Australian Government, Parks Victoria, the Wurundjeri Tribe, many Catchment Management Authorities and Indigenous groups from across the State were all in attendance.
The Aboriginal Participation Guidelines were produced collaboratively by the network of Regional Indigenous Facilitators across all 10 Victorian Catchment Management Authorities (CMA’s), with significant consultation with Indigenous parties across the State. They were the product of many year’s hard work. Their formation would not have been possible without the support of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.
The Guideline:
  • Acts on CMA’s commitments to engage and work with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities to manage and improve the health of land and waters;
  • Acts on CMA’s commitments to be transparent in supporting Traditional Owners and Aboriginal community aspirations for recognition of rights, reconciliation, participation, employment and economic development through natural resource management;
  • Acts on CMA’s commitments to strengthen their cultural competency;
  • Builds upon CMA’s existing experiences, procedures and work practices; and
  • Complements CMA’s Community Engagement and Partnerships Framework.

To read the Aboriginal Participation Guidelines, click here.