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Aboriginal Communities

Partnerships with the Indigenous community

Aboriginal communities have been identified as one sector of the community that requires assistance to effectively participate in natural resource management activities. The Namoi Aboriginal Advisory Committee (NAAC) has been set up to involve Indigenous communities in Catchment Action Plan activities.

Knowledge on Aboriginal cultural values is provided to Namoi CMA by the Namoi Aboriginal Advisory Committee (NAAC). The NAAC is made up of two representatives from each of the nine (9) Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) boundary areas within the Namoi Catchment to ensure whole of catchment representation.

Namoi CMA employs a Catchment Officer – Aboriginal Communities to support the NAAC to develop plans or strategies to increase Aboriginal involvement in natural resource management activities.

Click here for a copy of the Terms of Reference for the NAAC
 

Our Aims and Objectives

Namoi CMA aims to engage with all sectors of the catchment community to ensure sustainable landscapes. Aboriginal communities have been identified as one sector of the community that requires assistance to effectively participate in natural resource management activities.

The Aboriginal Communities Program focuses on the key areas of:

  • Aboriginal community capacity is enhanced to identify and implement solutions to natural resource management issues.
  • Awareness of cultural heritage values and traditional ecological knowledge is increased in the Namoi Catchment. 

Legislation

The legislation that addresses Aboriginal cultural heritage is the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 administered by the Office of Environment and Heritage, withinthe Department of Premier and Cabinet. NSW Aboriginal LAND RIGHTS Act 1983 is another relevant piece of legislation that refers to Aboriginal land acqusition and management.

 

Planning

Planning issues for Aboriginal cultural values is provided to Namoi CMA by the Namoi Aboriginal Advisory Committee (NAAC). The NAAC is made up of two representatives from each of the nine (9) Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) boundary areas within the Namoi catchment to ensure whole of catchment representation.

Namoi CMA employs a Catchment Officer – Aboriginal Communities to support the NAAC to develop plans or strategies to increase Aboriginal involvement in natural resource management activities.

 

Consultation

Aboriginal consultation is conducted via the Namoi Aboriginal Advisory Committee (NAAC) and through mainstream consultation processes including public meetings or workshops. Aboriginal organisations such as Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs) and Aboriginal Corporations and individuals within the Namoi catchment, are provided with copies of strategies or plans that Namoi CMA develops and the CMA requests input from these organisations and individuals.

Successful Aboriginal Partnerships

"CARE FOR COUNTRY"

TAFE NSW – New England Institute (NEI) and the Namoi Catchment Management Authority have been in a successful and rewarding partnership for the past three years. This alliance has resulted in the development of the Care for Country project– unique training programs that enlist the co-operation, knowledge and enthusiasm of local Aboriginal communities in Caring for Country.

To read more about the success of Care for Country click here.

This video is a highlight's package recorded at the Namoi Aboriginal NRM Forum 2012. Aboriginal people from around the Namoi Catchment gathered to share their stories and experiences in the natural resource management arena and to gather information about successful NRM projects in other catchment areas".

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Namoi Catchment Management Authority, 2013