Aboriginal engagement

The Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board acknowledges and respects the traditional owners of the ancestral lands of the Eyre Peninsula. We acknowledge elders past and present and we respect the deep feelings of attachment and relationship of Aboriginal peoples to country.

In January 2022, the chairs of South Australia's nine landscape boards made a strong commitment to reconciliation and to strengthening the partnerships with First Nations across the state by signing a Statement of Commitment.

The statement marks an important formal commitment by the boards to collaborate with First Nations in working toward statewide landscape priorities. Developed in consultation with cultural authorities including the First Nations Coordinating Committee and SA Native Title Services, the statement gives twelve commitments to guide how each board will embed First Nations partnerships and expertise in delivering regional landscape plans.

In addition to this, the landscape boards are also included as signatories to the Department for Environment and Water's Reconciliation Action Plan.

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Partnerships

We work collaboratively with organisations, groups and individuals to build and foster relationships, build capacity, and initiate mutually beneficial partnerships across the region to support Aboriginal participation and leadership in managing the regions natural resource base. This includes:

  • Homeland and Family Groups - staff work with family homeland groups on land and soil management, advice on pest and weed control and technical assistance.

  • Provide support to Aboriginal groups to develop and deliver their own Landscape / Sea Country Plans.

  • Small grants - we support Aboriginal groups and individuals to share their knowledge and participate in natural resources management and cultural connections to country through the provision of Grassroots Grants and cross-regional initiatives.

  • We have a formalised agreement to work together with our neighbouring Alinytjara Wiluṟara Landscape Board.