Engagement and Participation

There are a number of guiding documents that help Goulburn Broken CMA support Traditional Owner engagement and participation in natural resource management.

Guiding documents: Country Plans

The Goulburn Broken CMA through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program has supported Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation and Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation to develop individual Country plans for their respective Traditional Lands. The Country plans reflect the values, actions and objectives that Traditional Owners have in relation to caring for Country, and are designed to assist partners in understanding the aspirations of Traditional Owners so that projects and opportunities developed align with the Country plans.

Guiding documents: Memorandum of Understanding

A Memorandum of Understanding was developed and signed in June 2014 between Goulburn Broken CMA and Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation. The purpose of this MOU is to define the terms of a cooperative relationship between the two organisations with respect to activities, programs and partnerships on Yorta Yorta Country within the Goulburn Broken Catchment. 

Guiding documents: Indigenous Participation Plan

This participation plan defines the cooperative relationship between Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation and Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, and the Goulburn Broken Catchment CMA, with respect to participation activities, programs and partnerships within the catchment. Implementation of the plan is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and the Victorian Government.

Guiding documents: Reconciliation Action Plan

The Reconciliation Action Plan expresses Goulburn Broken CMA's continuing commitment to reconciliation. This includes as leaders for increased cultural respect, engagement, equity and opportunity for employment and business on Country for Traditional Owners, and other Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people.

Wayne Tennant Cadetship: Pilot Program

The Wayne Tennant Cadetship – Pilot Program is a new inititiatve, developed with Swinburne University, in honour of Wayne Tennant. In his managerial roles in Goulburn Broken Waterway Programs Wayne worked passionately with Traditional Owners and Goulburn Broken CMA's natural resource management team of the  to build capacity and opportunities for Traditional Owners to be actively engaged in caring for Country. Wayne passed away in August 2014 after a long battle with ill health. The cadetship was developed to build on the legacy that Wayne left behind – to continue to strive to build skills and opportunity for Traditional Owners to progress from entry level to tertiary qualifications in natural resource management.

The Goulburn Broken CMA acknowledges and respects First Nations people and the deep connection they have with their land and waters.

We acknowledge the Yorta Yorta and Taungurung people and their ancestors/forbears as Traditional Owners of the land and waters in the Goulburn Broken Catchment (and beyond). We value our ongoing partnerships with Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation and Taungurung Land and Waters Council for the health of Country and its people.

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

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