Keleana and Helen Vaugh pose with framed grant
Kaleana will be using her grant to better understand water policy and ecology and take part in training to increase her capability to support Traditional Owners to advocate for their water rights.
Keleana Reyland and Deputy Secretary Water and Catchments, Helen Vaughan, 2018 Catchments Summit

Kaleana Reyland is a project and engagement officer for the Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN), supporting Traditional Owners within the MLDRIN area to advocate for their water rights.

In her role, Kaleana represents the nations within MLDRIN across three states and provides comment on water resource planning documents, environmental water plans and water reform documents, a difficult task given the breadth of understanding required to provide informed advice. To improve her ability to effectively represent the nations, Kaleana is undertaking training workshops to increase her knowledge and understanding of water resources planning, environmental water, and water quality and ecology. This will improve her ability to perform her role effectively and increase her capacity to support Nations to undertake their own country planning and Aboriginal Waterway Assessments.

The first course, Wise Water Ways, covers a broad range of rural and urban stream issues, providing participants with the skills to better understand aquatic environments and to make informed on-ground management decisions.

A second course on flood plain ecology in Barmah promotes a greater understanding of floodplain ecosystems in a drying climate, teaching participants of their ecological importance and the connection between floodplain condition and the health of rivers.

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