Joel Boyd

Joel Boyd

Joel Boyd, Australia

Joel is Community Delivery Manager and Ben is Aboriginal Water Officer with Wimmera CMA.  We work closely with Barengi Gadjin Land Council to build relationships and community capacity, and support community aspirations for the Wimmera River system.  We are focused on emerging Aboriginal economic development opportunities in cultural and natural resource management in the Wimmera CMA region.

Presentation Title: River Yarns – a pilot project partnership for cultural flows in the Wimmera

Wimmera CMA and Barengi Gadjin Land Council (BGLC) developed the River Yarns project to support Traditional Owner aspirations for the lower Wimmera River system in relation to culture and traditional practices, Country, economic development opportunities, and to help build relationships and community capacity. The project has promoted connections to County through a range of pathways and has significantly increased Aboriginal participation in water resource planning and management in the Wimmera in a short period of time. The need to create more cultural and natural resource career opportunities for young people is one of the strong messages from the community.  River Yarns is a case study in how efforts towards cultural flows in the rural Victoria can generate important new employment and training activities, strengthen relationships between catchment authorities and Registered Aboriginal Parties, and build community and stakeholder confidence in our organisations. The Wimmera Reserve is the site of the first Native Title Consent Determination in Victoria.  BGLC is the trustee for the Native Title rights and interests of Traditional Owners from the Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia and Jupagulk family groups as well as a Registered Aboriginal Party.

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