Natural Resources South East acknowledges and respects the traditional owners of the ancestral lands of the South East. We acknowledge elders past and present and we respect the deep feelings of attachment and relationship of Aboriginal peoples to country.
A Memorandum of Understanding between the South East Aboriginal Focus Group and the SE NRM Board has been developed and agreed to by the Aboriginal Focus Group.
The group meets regularly to discuss various natural resource management issues in relation to Aboriginal owned or managed land. One of the key roles of the group is to provide the board with advice regarding natural resource management issues.
Please visit www.aboriginalnrm.com.au for more information.
A new generation has learn how to make an Aboriginal Bark Canoe as a result of a project designed to support Aboriginal culture in NRM. The project was developed and supported by the South East Aboriginal Focus Group in partnership with the Changemedia project delivered by Tallstoreez Productionz Pty Ltd. As part of the project a DVD was developed to capture and record Aboriginal cultural knowledge, traditions and methods for the benefit of current and future generations.
Major Sumner, Aboriginal elder, said the project has built interest in local Aboriginal living culture and demonstrate the importance of river red gum woodlands to the aboriginal people of the south east. Over 50 landholders, aboriginal community members, and trainees were present at Kalangadoo for the cutting of the Canoe by Major Sumner and Cyril Trevorrow and were part of this important transfer of cultural knowledge and technical expertise.
The canoe is currently touring the region's schools, libraries and museums as well as state and national events and displays.
Planning is currently underway for further traditional canoe projects.
For more information on this project please visit:
For more information please contact David New, Landcare Coordinator - Aboriginal Communities on (08) 8762 9142.