Jane Walker

Jane Walker

Jane Walker, Australia

Dr Jane Walker is the Partnerships Project Coordinator at Glenelg Hopkins CMA. Jane’s field of interest is in effective partnerships with Traditional Owners and Indigenous communities for the improved health of people and Country. Jane has previously worked for the Central Land Council and South African National Parks in community based conservation initiatives.

Tyson Lovett-Murray is a Gunditjmara Traditional Owner, and a Senior Project Officer with Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation. Tyson has many years experience in land management, working with both Parks Victoria and Budj Bim Rangers in the past. Tyson has a passion for looking after Country, particularly his traditional lands around Lake Condah. His other areas of interest include recognition and protection of cultural heritage and sharing knowledge with young people.

Presentation Title: Towards Cultural Flows – Glenelg River Aboriginal Water Values

In western Victoria, Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation (TOAC), Barengi Gadjin Land Council (BGLC) and Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority (GHCMA) have partnered on the ‘Towards Cultural Flows – Glenelg River Aboriginal Water Values scoping project’. This project investigated Traditional Owner values and uses for the Glenelg River system, and the incorporation of these values into environmental water management for the river. The Glenelg River starts in the Victoria Valley on the Grampians Mountain Ranges and runs for over 500 km to the Southern Ocean. The river is the traditional border of three Aboriginal language nations, Buandig to the west, Jarwadjali north and east, and Gunditjmara south to the sea. The river system provided permanent resources throughout the seasons and was an important travel and trade route. Many significant sites found along the river system include scarred trees, shell middens and massacre sites. Resources such as fish, eels and bush medicines continue to be collected today, and Traditional Owners still hold the view that water is inextricably linked to the health of people and Country and thus they want to actively participate in water management. Through community discussions and river trips, Traditional Owners have identified over 100 values for the river. These range from cultural processes that sustain people’s connection to place, to culturally significant plant and animal species. Documenting these values has helped support the case for Aboriginal environmental outcomes through environmental watering, with a release occurring on the Glenelg River in March 2017. In a first for Victoria, this environmental flow has supported environmental as well as Aboriginal cultural values, and has been a significant outcome of the scoping project.

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