Victorian Traditional Owners have cultural, spiritual and economic connections to land, water and resources through their associations and relationship with Country.
Water corporations need to:
- Include Aboriginal values and objectives for water through water planning, increased participation and supporting access to water for economic development. Collaborating with Traditional Owners in water planning and management is an aspect of maintaining access to Country and its resources.
- Improve access to water for Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians to provide opportunities for economic development. Water-related Aboriginal enterprises can contribute to economic self-determination for Traditional Owners.
- Incorporate Aboriginal customary knowledge into water management (where appropriate), and assist Traditional Owners to plan for, and adapt to, the impacts of climate change.
The map below shows some examples of local projects that incorporate Aboriginal cultural objectives into Victorian water management and planning:
We’ll keep this page updated with progress on water business strategies to recognise Aboriginal values in water management through sponsorships, capacity building, engagement and pilot programs.
By communicating clear performance information across the industry the government can ensure that the Victorian water sector is providing the best possible service to the community.