Aboriginal engagement

The Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board acknowledges and respects the traditional owners of the ancestral lands of the Eyre Peninsula. We acknowledge elders past and present and we respect the deep feelings of attachment and relationship of Aboriginal peoples to country.

To access Acknowledgement of Country' statements referring to specific areas of Eyre Peninsula the information in this downloadable two page linked will be useful.

If you are seeking to contact Eyre Peninsula Aboriginal community groups the details via this link may be useful.

Celebrating NAIDOC Week 

In celebration of NAIDOC Week the Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Unit within Department for Environment and Water have produced twelve 'Because of Her, we can' stories from across the State, from the amazing networks we share with community and staff. Three of the stories come from Eyre Peninsula.

We welcome you to download the stories, read and reflect on your own 'because of her, we can' moments and connections. To read more about this years NAIDOC theme click here.

'Because of her, we can' stories from Eyre Peninsula

Watch the 'Creating a lasting connection with the ocean' video to see Emma Richards imparting 'Sea Country' knowledge and working alongside Dr. Shelley Paull.

Read the media release (click here) about Veda Betts sharing culture and working with students at Streaky Bay to develop their connection and the interconnectedness to Mother Nature, in partnership with Officer Libby Hunt.

Our commitment

We are committed to Aboriginal engagement, participation and partnering with the Aboriginal community in regional natural resource management. The Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board also highly values the promotion and education of Aboriginal culture in our schools and community.

Under the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board’s long term regional Strategic Plan, there are three regional targets relating specifically to this program:

  1. The relationship between natural resources and Aboriginal culture and heritage is widely understood, acknowledged and communicated to natural resource managers.

  2. Eyre Peninsula Aboriginal communities are included as natural resources managers and are supported and engaged in natural resources activities.

  3. Aboriginal knowledge of natural resources is acquired and incorporated into regional decision making.

We also have a strategy specific to our work in Aboriginal partnerships 'Caretakers of this land: A strategy for Aboriginal Partnerships in the Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Region (867KB)

Employment and Training

The Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board employs Aboriginal people in roles such as Landscape (Authorised) Officers. We also work with Aboriginal community organisations across the Eyre Peninsula to support Aboriginal labour hire enterprise initiatives and where possible assist us deliver on ground outcomes. We also partner with other government bodies and the Aboriginal community to identify training needs and deliver training and skills development for Aboriginal staff members and those employed through Aboriginal community organisations under labour hire arrangements.

Partnerships

We work collaboratively with organisations, groups and individuals to build and foster relationships, build capacity, and initiate mutually beneficial partnerships across the region to support Aboriginal participation and leadership in managing the regions natural resource base. This includes:

  • Homeland and Family Groups - Aboriginal program staff work with family homeland groups on land use management planning and support implementation of identified activities through education, training, devolved grants and technical assistance.

  • Provide support to Aboriginal groups to develop and deliver their own Landscape / Sea Country Plans.

  • Schools - we support Aboriginal students through school based programs engage in natural resource management activities alongside our staff.

  • Small grants - We support Aboriginal groups and individuals to share their knowledge and participate in natural resources management and cultural connections to country through small grants and cross regional initiatives.

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