Indigenous Futures on Country in Rural
NSW

Dr Janet Hunt
Fellow, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy
Research, Australi...
Overview
Introduction: Two studies:
1)Indigenous engagement in NRM in NSW
2)Closing the Gap Clearinghouse Engaging Aborigi...
Two research studies
1) For OEH, NSW, to explore the socio-economic
benefits of Aboriginal engagement in NRM in NSW.
No st...
Banbai Business enterprises, Guyra
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Manage 2 Indigenous Protected Areas (NRS)
Wattleridge (purchased by ILC ...
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Nature of the partnerships
• Two major sources of funding – long term, secure
(i.e. 3-5 years), Indigenous-specific; other...
Eden LALC
L&SC Plan
• Developed in 6
months in 2010
• Launched April
2011

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Projects
• A Sustainable Land & Sea Ranger Program
• Working on LALC-owned lands - conservation
• Enterprises with economi...
Regional Complexity
The main bodies relevant to the Eden LALC region:
• Catchment Management Authorities (Southern Rivers
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Bundian Way Project

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Heritage
survey

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Nature of the Partnerships
• Multiple partnerships with no ongoing funding
• Generally short-term project funding (1-3 mon...
What makes for good Aboriginal
engagement?
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Relationships
Participatory Processes
Governance & leadership
Flexible...
Conclusion
Aboriginal development more likely to be sustained
where:
• Smaller number of long term partnerships
• Working ...
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Janet Hunt Indigenous Futures on Country in Rural NSW

  1. 1. Indigenous Futures on Country in Rural NSW Dr Janet Hunt Fellow, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian National University
  2. 2. Overview Introduction: Two studies: 1)Indigenous engagement in NRM in NSW 2)Closing the Gap Clearinghouse Engaging Aboriginal Communities Three case studies of Aboriginal engagement in NRM: - Guyra and an Indigenous Protected Area -Nyambaga Green Team – environment contracting -Eden LALC and a Land & Sea Management Plan Conclusions from CTG study So what type of partnership arrangement worked best? 2
  3. 3. Two research studies 1) For OEH, NSW, to explore the socio-economic benefits of Aboriginal engagement in NRM in NSW. No statewide data, so did 3 case studies: - Guyra and an Indigenous Protected Area -Nyambaga Green Team – environment contracting -Eden LALC and a Land & Sea Management Plan Period 2008-2013 – fieldwork based 2) For CTG Clearinghouse, on evidence about what works or doesn’t work in relation to engaging Indigenous communities – including in NRM activities Late 2012 – 2013 major literature review. 3
  4. 4. Banbai Business enterprises, Guyra • • • • • • • Manage 2 Indigenous Protected Areas (NRS) Wattleridge (purchased by ILC in 1998) Tarriwa Kurrukun – Guyra Local Aboriginal Land Council land claimed through ALRA 1983 Employment: Total of 47 Aboriginal people employed over 10 years (2010) Around 14-25 at any time. Brought the community together Stepping stone to other jobs and study beyond IPA Banbai now: 2nd largest private sector employer in Guyra 4
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  9. 9. Nature of the partnerships • Two major sources of funding – long term, secure (i.e. 3-5 years), Indigenous-specific; other supplementary $ from other sources (eg CMA) • Working to plans developed by the Aboriginal community for management of the IPAs. • High degree of Aboriginal control over the activities, limited non-Indigenous support in governance & financial management; flexible, on-country, training support (TAFE) • Strong, respectful personal relationships • Good leadership and capacity development in Aboriginal organisation 9
  10. 10. Eden LALC L&SC Plan • Developed in 6 months in 2010 • Launched April 2011 10
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  12. 12. Projects • A Sustainable Land & Sea Ranger Program • Working on LALC-owned lands - conservation • Enterprises with economic and cultural outcomes – – – – Development of an aquaculture enterprise Cultural tourism Maintenance & transmission of cultural knowledge Economic and cultural use of State Forests. 12
  13. 13. Regional Complexity The main bodies relevant to the Eden LALC region: • Catchment Management Authorities (Southern Rivers CMA & Murray River CMA); • Local Government Shires (Bega Valley, Bombala, Snowy River and Tumbarumba); • NSW Office of Environment & Heritage (Southern Ranges and Far South Coast Regions); • Forests NSW (Southern Region) and • Department of Industry & Investment (Fisheries) (Southern Zone). • Rural Fire Service 13
  14. 14. Bundian Way Project 14
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  16. 16. Heritage survey 16
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  18. 18. Nature of the Partnerships • Multiple partnerships with no ongoing funding • Generally short-term project funding (1-3 months; longest recent funding – 1-2 yrs) • Leading partner with limited funds (CMA) • Aboriginal projects only part of agency agendas/ plans (so limited Aboriginal control over activities) • Developed good personal relationships • LALC with limited capacity – ltd. resources from key partners for organisational capacity development; was some $ for p/t L&SCP officer. Training hard to access. • Some non-Indigenous support for Bundian Way subproject 18
  19. 19. What makes for good Aboriginal engagement? • • • • Relationships Participatory Processes Governance & leadership Flexible, secure funding
  20. 20. Conclusion Aboriginal development more likely to be sustained where: • Smaller number of long term partnerships • Working to a clear Aboriginal-driven plan • Where agreed objectives and indicators and clear who has responsibility • Governance /leadership is good & nurtured throughout • Funding is simple, flexible & secure for longtimeframes.

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