We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout East Gippsland and pay our respects to them, their Culture and their Elders past, present and future.
The Aboriginal community across the East Gippsland region is represented by:
- the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation, the Registered Aboriginal Party and Native Title holder
- Bidwell people
- Ngarigo Monero people.
East Gippsland is part of the tapestry of interwoven cultural landscapes that are the product of the skills, knowledge and activities of Aboriginal land managers over thousands of generations. Cultural landscapes are reflections of how Aboriginal people engage with the world. Aboriginal people have an enduring connection to Country in East Gippsland.
Aboriginal groups across East Gippsland have strong objectives to care for, be involved in, and collaborate in managing Country. The EGCMA are deeply appreciative of their time, knowledge, and input to the strategy and are committed to continuing to work together through the implementation of the RCS over the next 6 years.
Registered Aboriginal Parties across Victoria, worked hard to develop the Victorian Traditional Owner Cultural Landscapes Strategy. The key principles of the Cultural Landscape Strategy enable Traditional Owners to self determine their respective objectives for Country, using the Traditional Owner Cultural Landscape Strategy Framework for Managing Country as a toolkit.
The Victorian Traditional Owner Cultural Landscapes Strategy is a foundational document that has informed the development of the East Gippsland RCS and will help guide its implementation.
“The Cultural Landscapes Strategy is a collective view, describing what Traditional Owners want, and how they want it to happen as part of cultural land and water management”Victorian Traditional Owner Cultural Landscapes Strategy