Staff from the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (EGCMA) were joined by members of the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) and Aboriginal Victoria recently to learn more about cultural heritage within the Lower Mitchell catchment.
Cultural heritage is of utmost importance to the Gunaikurnai people and GLaWAC assists to protect, promote and preserve the cultural knowledge, objects and artifacts, and sites of significance within the region.
The EGCMA work in partnership with GLaWAC to ensure cultural heritage is preserved.
“Spending time on country is a great opportunity for our staff to understand the depth of knowledge the Gunaikurnai hold with the land and to strengthen relationships with an important partner,” Nic Thompson, team leader at the EGCMA, said.
Recognising aboriginal values is a key priority of the Victorian government Water for Victoria plan and Our Catchments, Our Communities Strategy.
IMAGE: Members of GLaWAC and Aboriginal Victoria shared knowledge about the cultural heritage of the lower Mitchell River catchment with staff from the EGCMA recently. (PS)