Ngunnawal and neighbouring clan groups have left their footprints across this landscape for thousands of years. ACT Natural Resource Management (ACT NRM) and the Aboriginal Natural Resource Management (Aboriginal NRM) Programs support the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community by developing initiatives reflecting their voice.
Through Aboriginal NRM, trustworthy, honest and respectful relationships have been formed between Aboriginal people and organisations of the ACT region.
ACT NRM seeks to improve processes by taking into consideration the aspirations, needs and values of Aboriginal people. This is core to ACT NRM's commitment to increase opportunities for Aboriginal people to involve them in natural resource management programs and projects. Innovation and mutual respect have helped drive development in cross-Government programs that aim to engage the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community holistically, generating the best outcomes moving forward.
To achieve outcomes under these priority areas, ACT NRM employs an Aboriginal NRM Facilitator to assist engagement and consultation, and build capacity within the community to deliver projects on the ground.
Six priority focus areas have been identified:
- Engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth and preparing them for advisory and leadership roles
- Developing cultural heritage programs to assist with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people healing and rehabilitation
- Supporting the development of cultural tourism
- Conserving Country and applying Aboriginal land management
- Helping protect Traditional Custodians cultural land and water rights
- Supporting employment programs working on Country