Caring for Ngunnawal Country

Burn at Mullungari Grasslands What is Caring for Country?

Caring for Country stems from the Aboriginal concept of maintaining ecological balance and honouring cultural responsibilities. Under careful guidance, terrestrial and aquatic resources are managed periodically for the purpose of long term sustainability.

Together, knowledge of the natural world and Aboriginal philosophies are the basis of caring for ceremonial sites, landforms, resources, instilling values, sharing stories and language and asserting ancestral obligations to Country.

Working and being on Country is essential to the wellbeing of Aboriginal communities and affirms their identity and relationship to their homelands.

Aboriginal communities play a vital role in the management of their Country. The ACT Parks and Conservation Service is committed to strengthening relationships with Traditional Custodians to partner on community projects, meet community aspirations and to fulfil meaningful outcomes.

“As I walk this beautiful Country of mine I stop, look and listen and remember the spirits from my ancestors surrounding me. That makes me stand tall and proud of who I am - a Ngunnawal warrior of today.”

Carl Brown, Ngunnawal Elder, Wollabalooa Murringe (man).