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Aboriginal Community Advisory Group Meeting Summary August 2016

To support North Coast Local Land Services engagement with key stakeholders, the Aboriginal Community Advisory Group has resolved to produce concise updates following each meeting. North Coast Local Land Services will place these updates on their website and Advisory Group members may use them to communicate with their networks and contacts.

The Advisory Group held their second meeting in Coffs Harbour on Tuesday 2 August 2016.  Mark Bulley, North Coast Local Land Services Acting Chair, opened the meeting and welcomed the Advisory Group members and our visitors from the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy and the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water resources.  Mark invited Robin Heath to do an Acknowledgement of Country.

Acting Chair’s opening comments

Mark Bulley welcomed everybody to our second meeting.  Mark acknowledged out guests from the Australian Government who will be talking to us about the way they work with North Coast Local Land Services.

Overview of Australian Governments programs and opportunities

Michael Miller, Leanne O’Donohue and Christine Aughey from the Australian Government’s Department of Environment and Energy gave an overview of the National Landcare Programme and emphasised that Aboriginal engagement is a significant component across a number of projects such as the various Working on Country ranger programs and the Indigenous Protected Areas.

Russell Glover from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources gave an overview of agricultural outcomes and future opportunities for Aboriginal communities in the region.

The Advisory Group discussed aspects such as sustainability and building capacity with our visitors.

North Coast Local Land Services investment in Aboriginal programs and projects

Barry Williams gave a presentation on the funding themes that North Coast Local Land Services wanted to invest in for the financial year ending 30 June 2017.  Broadly speaking they include:

  • Learning on Country
  • Natural resource management (NRM) planning
  • NRM on-ground works
  • Agriculture
  • Fire
  • Aboriginal cultural heritage
  • Cultural competence

Other business

The Advisory Group discussed Aboriginal representation on the Regional Weeds Committee.

Next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 8 November 2016.