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Building stronger relationships with Aboriginal communities

Madhima and LLS staffA new partnership has been forged between North Coast Local Land Services and the local Aboriginal Corporation, Madhima Gulgan Community Association Inc. based in Mullumbimby.  The partnership will assist North Coast Local Land Services achieve outcomes in natural resource management, sustainable agriculture, biosecurity and emergency management.

North Coast Local Land Services forms partnerships with a range of key stakeholder groups across the region that are focused on achieving similar goals.  This collaborative approach leads to greater outcomes for the North Coast region particularly in building community capacity for integrated or joint management.

This partnership is one of a number of extension projects supported by North Coast Local Land Services with funding from the National Landcare Programme and NSW Catchment Action. Programs include a similar engagement project in the southern part of the region with Booroongen Djugun Ltd based in Kempsey. A partnership has also been formed with Coffs Harbour, Dorrigo Plateau and Grafton-Ngerrie Local Aboriginal Land Councils and EnviTE Environment to deliver planning and on-ground implementation services focusing on connecting to Country outcomes in the central area of the region.

Madhima Gulgan's Aboriginal Extension Project Officer, Shane Ivey, has had extensive experience undertaking landcare and bush-regeneration projects, managing teams and servicing Local Aboriginal Land Councils and communities. The area that Shane will be working in spans from the NSW/QLD border, west to Kyogle and south to the bottom of Richmond Valley Council local government area and encompasses Baryulgil, Bogal, Casino, Gugin Gudduba, Jali, Jana Ngalee, Jubullum, Muli Muli, Ngulingah and Tweed-Byron LALC regions.

Madhima Gulgan Community Association's CEO Trevor Jenkins said, "This contract is a real bonus for our team as we are an Aboriginal lead association that deals with natural resource management and other land issues that affect the Aboriginal Communities on a daily basis."

Madhima Gulgan Community Association will endeavour to engage with the Aboriginal organisations within the target area to build an understanding of the support required by the Aboriginal community in managing their local land issues.  

Trevor continued, "Shane will provide assistance with issues ranging from helping groups plan and apply for funding for bush regeneration projects through to helping assess what sort of farming is viable for our lands and advising on feral animal and new exotic plant control."

Workshops, training and support opportunities will be developed to help communities deal with local natural resource management issues through Madhima Gulgan's outreach and engagement with Aboriginal communities.

Jai Sleeman, Senior Land Services Officer said, "The partnership between North Coast Local Land Services and Madhima Gulgan Community Association will help strengthen information sharing and collaboration between government agencies and Aboriginal communities with the ultimate goal to bring about better land management, training and employment opportunities."

Shane is available at the MGCA office located at 12/6 Burringbar Street, Mullumbimby or you can visit their website at www.madhimagulgan.wix.com/community-assoc-inc.

If you would like more information about the Aboriginal Extension Project Officer services, please contact Shane Ivey on 02 6684 6294 or email at madhimagulgan@gmail.com. To learn more regarding the partnership initiative contact Jai Sleeman at North Coast Local Land Services on 02 6623 3917.

Photo caption:
Left to right; Oliver Costello, Office of Environment & Heritage; Barry Williams, North Coast Local Land Services; Shane Ivey, Madhima Gulgan Community Association Inc and Jai Sleeman, North Coast Local Land Services.

Media contact:
Jai Sleeman, Senior Land Services Officer, North Coast Local Land Services Phone 02 6623 3917