Traditional Owners

Interpretative signage provides visitors with Traditional Owner cultural stories relating to the surrounding landscape.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Goulburn Broken CMA acknowledges and respects Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities and organisations. We recognise the diversity of their cultures and the deep connections they have with Victoria’s lands and waters. We value partnerships with them for the health of people and Country.

We pay our respects to Elders past and present and acknowledge and recognise the primacy of Traditional Owners’ obligations, rights and responsibilities to use and care for their traditional lands and waters.

Traditional Owners

The Goulburn Broken Catchment includes two Registered Aboriginal Parties who represent the interests of Traditional Owners in their respective Country areas: Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation (YYNAC) and Taungurung Land and Waters Council (TLaWC). In Victoria, Registered Aboriginal Parties are determined by the Aboriginal Heritage Council which is comprised of 11 Traditional Owners appointed by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.

Both YYNAC and TLaWC are actively involved in cultural heritage management and NRM through joint management agreements and legislative rights to public land. Both organisations work to uphold Yorta Yorta and Taungurung peoples interests with respect to culture and Country.

As valued partners, the YYNAC and TLaWC have been actively involved in the strategy’s renewal to ensure Traditional Owner perspectives and knowledge are integrated. This section details their contribution about connection to Country and opportunities to heal Country from the degradation that has occurred since settlement.

The strategy aims to support YYNAC and TLaWC strategic plans, such as Country Plans and Country Strategies (Fire, Water and so on). Priority actions have been included throughout the strategy to:

  • build community understanding, respect and support of Traditional Owner knowledge, culture and values
  • promote opportunities for traditional ecological knowledge to guide NRM
  • strengthen Traditional Owner influence in decision making
  • grow Traditional Owner opportunities to deliver NRM.

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