Our Catchments, Our Communities is supporting Dja Dja Wurrung aspirations for self-determination and increasing their capacity and involvement in managing land, fire and water of the Lake Boort, Lake Lyndger and Kinypanial Creek system.

A Dja Dja Wurrung project manager has been appointed to oversee the development and implementation of the Healthy Country Plan which will:

  • address maintenance and restoration of natural and cultural values on both public and private land
  • engage Djandak (Dja Dja Wurrung Enterprises) to deliver pest plant and animal control, fencing or revegetation activities and fire management
  • provide training and support to undertake flora, fauna or bird monitoring.

There will also be opportunities to support nature-based tourism in the area, focusing on Indigenous culture and places operated by Dja Dja Wurrung businesses.

The project is well underway and key highlights include:
  • 30 Dja Dja Wurrung members and family met to discuss the project and have started the process of planning for the landscape.
  • A number of significant sites have been visited.
  • The history, future of the landscape and direction of the project has been discussed.
  • Dja Dja Wurrung conducted a traditional ceremony and children were welcomed to Country, with cultural knowledge passed on between generations.

Three Traditional Owners performing a smoking ceremony at Lake Boort

Smoking ceremony for successful planting of redgums at Lake Boort. Photo credit: Nathan Wong.

Threats to the Lake Boort, Lake Lyndger and Kinypanial Creek system include recreational uses, vehicle damage, firewood collection, grazing, vegetation clearing, pest plants and animals and artificial flooding and retention of flood waters. The protection and restoration of this system is critical to preserve cultural and natural values of this important area.

Partners

North Central CMA, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, Parks Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Trust for Nature and Goulburn-Murray Water.

The cultural shift in organisations, it’s a slow process. We must understand that we all do things differently. If, by the end of the project, we can get the DELWP, Parks, North Central CMA and Dja Dja Wurrung working together effectively then that’s an achievement. This is a good project to get things happening.
Nathan Wong, Djandak Project Manager

Page last updated: 28/06/19