Traditional Owner Partnerships

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Aboriginal people have been managing land and waters across the Corangamite CMA region for thousands of generations. Aboriginal people developed an innate relationship for their environment, which continues with each new generation today.

The Corangamite CMA is committed to building and strengthening our partnership with Traditional Owners. We are committed to engaging and working with Traditional Owner’s to manage and improve the health of lands and waters and to embrace cultural ways of Caring for Country and working together to support increased participation and engagement in Natural Resource Management.

The Corangamite CMA is committed to working towards three key outcomes to strengthen our partnerships with Traditional Owners

Outcome 1  – Recognition and Respect

Recognition and respect for Aboriginal people’s rights, cultural and customary interested incorporated into Corangamite CMA’s integrated planning and management for land, water and the built environment.

Outcome 2 – Opportunity and Prosperity

Improved access for Aboriginal people to employment and capability building opportunities and strengthen Aboriginal prosperity through improved economic participation.

Outcome 3 – Participation and Collaboration

Increased participation of Aboriginal communities in the planning and delivery of Corangamite CMA policies, services and projects and improved collaboration with Corangamite CMA’s external service.

Aboriginal cultural heritage

Evidence of Aboriginal occupation is present throughout the landscape as cultural heritage places, items and family histories, knowledge passed on from one generation to the next.

Aboriginal cultural heritage is protected in Victoria under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006. The heritage act requires that all discoveries of Aboriginal cultural heritage, places or objects, be reported to Aboriginal Victoria.

Who to contact if you’ve discovered an Aboriginal place or object

If you think you have found an Aboriginal place or object, contact Aboriginal Victoria.