Aboriginal engagement

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula 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.


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

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula has a regional Aboriginal Engagement program, supporting Aboriginal people and organisations involvement in natural resource management of land and sea.

Under the Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management (NRM) Board’s long term regional NRM 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.

Aboriginal Advisory Committee

It is the aim of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee to:

  • provide input into the Boards planning processes to ensure that decisions affecting the long-term sustainability of the environment are compatible with contemporary and traditional Aboriginal culture and values

  • be actively involved in the development of an Aboriginal engagement strategy for the Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula

  • provide  professional and relevant advice in all matters pertaining to Aboriginal involvement in EPNRM Board core business

  • disseminate information to Aboriginal people and to relevant Aboriginal groups and organisations about natural resource management issues and initiatives

  • maximise the participation of Aboriginal people in natural resource management within the Eyre Peninsula region

  • maximise opportunities for relevant skills and economic development and capacity building in natural resource management

  • maintain and enhance the integrity of Aboriginal intellectual property of traditional ecological knowledge and cultural and spiritual knowledge.

Employment and Training

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula employs Aboriginal people across the business in roles such as Natural Resource (Authorised) Officers, Park Rangers, Administration Staff, Working on Country Rangers and traineeships. We also work with Aboriginal community organisations across the Eyre Peninsula to support Aboriginal labour hire enterprise initiatives and contract Aboriginal community organisations to deliver many of our on-ground outcomes through labour hire initiatives. 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.

  • Community Organisations - Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula is working with Port Lincoln Aboriginal Community Council (PLACC) and Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation (CAC) to help them establish Labour Hire businesses. These labour hire teams are available for hire to carry out works such as weed and pest animal control, seed collection and revegetation, environmental monitoring activities and infrastructure maintenance such as coastal walk ways.

  • We are dedicated to supporting Aboriginal groups develop and deliver their own NRM / Sea Country Plans.

  • Schools - we support Aboriginal students through school based programs engage in natural resource management activity alongside our staff. This initiate increases student’s skills, knowledge and provides career pathway opportunities of aboriginal youth. We also support the school based trainee program.
    View the Port Lincoln High School Indigenous Ranger Cadetship video.

  • Ween Mooga (Women) - We support Aboriginal women to share their knowledge and participate in natural resources management and cultural connections to country through small grants and cross regional initiatives.

Funding partners

This project is supported by the Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board, through funding from the Australian Government.

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