Funding has been provided over the 3 years from 2013-2016 to support the development and implementation of a cultural perspectives project to complement landholder engagement and provide opportunities for Aboriginal people with interest in the K2W landscape to participate and benefit from the project. The following outlines a package of activities proposed as part of the project.
The project will seek to:
- Provide a focus for collaboration between Aboriginal stakeholders and landholders in the K2W Link, based on an appropriate foundation of consultation and engagement.
- Deliver events, activities and products to present knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal cultural philosophy in relation to country, and related obligations of Aboriginal people in engaging with landholders.
- Develop, pilot and implement a ‘flagship’ annual cultural event and periodic schools and Landcare activities (including cultural festival, talks, workshops) to promote understanding of Aboriginal cultural values across the landscape.
- Collate information and local knowledge about cultural values in the K2W Link, and priorities for future investment to support development of funding proposals for collaborative projects.
- Provide opportunities for direct involvement of Aboriginal people in training and employment associated with joint ventures and connectivity restoration projects.
- Provide the basis for information sharing about projects, achievements and lessons learned in cultural heritage projects with other GER regional partnerships.
Long Term Outcomes
The project will achieve:
- An improved understanding of how Aboriginal interests in biodiversity management, education and tourism can best be integrated with connectivity restoration efforts across the K2W Link landscape.
- Improved landholder capacity to understand and work with Aboriginal people to develop and implement projects covering a range of issues (eg. Threatened species and habitat, threats, recovery actions, Cultural significance and uses of natural resources).
- A more culturally comprehensive approach to integrating Aboriginal cultural philosophy in environmental education, ecotourism and biodiversity management.
- An increased level of involvement from, and understanding within, Aboriginal communities of environmental education, tourism, biodiversity management and conservation connectivity.
- Increased opportunities for training and involvement of Aboriginal people in connectivity restoration projects, traditional burning practice, communications, event management and arts.
- An improved understanding within the Aboriginal Community of the GER and connectivity conservation.
- Improved understanding of environmental management issues and cultural connections of landscapes and sites, native habitats and species.