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    12039: Aboriginal engagement in NRM

    Traditional owners participate in a workshop to update the Wheatbelt NRM regional plan. Courtesy Sue Carter, Wheatbelt NRM.
    Traditional owners participate in a workshop to update the Wheatbelt NRM regional plan. Courtesy Sue Carter, Wheatbelt NRM.

    "Aboriginal engagement in NRM has increased cultural connection to country and traditional responsibilities for caring for country" David Collard, State NRM Office Aboriginal facilitator.

    This project aims to better engage the Aboriginal community in natural resource management and increase their participation in associated decision-making processes.

    It builds on previous work conducted by the State NRM Office Aboriginal facilitator that analysed the involvement of the Aboriginal community in NRM and developed a State Aboriginal NRM engagement framework.

    The framework incorporates the Aboriginal community into the NRM governance structure through dedicated Aboriginal NRM groups and formal links between these groups and existing Aboriginal peak bodies, regional NRM groups and state-wide NRM structures. The framework was piloted in Geraldton, Bunbury and Perth.

    Over the next three years this project will strengthen and maintain support mechanisms established in the pilots. An additional three regional Aboriginal NRM groups will be established (in the south coast, Wheatbelt and rangelands) so that all six NRM regions are represented in the State Aboriginal NRM engagement framework.

    The project will also maintain and build relationships between the Aboriginal community, government and non-government agencies and support the WA Aboriginal NRM network.

    Investment: $ 500 000
    Delivery organisation: State NRM Office
    Project duration: July 2012 - June 2015
    Location: State-wide

    More information

    State NRM Office

    • State Aboriginal NRM engagement framework                                                                               (in the State NRM Program Progress Reprot 2011/12)
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