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Aboriginal partnerships

The Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board acknowledges the Kaurna, Peramangk and Ngarrindjeri Nations as the Traditional Owners of the region.

We respect Aboriginal people’s deep knowledge and relationship with Country. We are committed to involving and partnering with First Nations and Aboriginal people in planning for and managing landscapes.

New: Fleurieu swamps project

Launched in late May 2021, the Aboriginal Knowledge and Values in Fleurieu Swamps project was implemented by the Kula-Tind-Jeri enterprise, led by State Aboriginal Heritage Committee Chair Mark Koolmatrie, and supported by a Grassroots Grant from the Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board.

What is our Aboriginal Partnerships program?

The program aims to meaningfully involve traditional owners and Aboriginal people in natural resources planning, management and on-ground implementation, creating lasting two-way benefits.

The program builds the cultural competency and awareness of staff to work respectfully and inclusively with traditional owners and Aboriginal communities. This is done through formal training sessions and by providing positive experiences and places for staff to come together with traditional owners and Aboriginal communities to share knowledge, stories and discuss what’s important to all of us.

Heritage protection

The Aboriginal Partnerships program aims to ensure the protection of Aboriginal heritage sites, which are places of physical and/or spiritual significance for Aboriginal people. This is done through assisting staff to understand and adhere to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 and other locally appropriate mechanisms.

The program also builds the cultural knowledge and capacity of staff to engage with Aboriginal people early in project planning and delivery. Early engagement aims to ensure that Aboriginal interests and cultural heritage implications are valued and inform project planning.

Related projects and plans

Useful contacts

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More information

Aboriginal Engagement Officer

(08) 8391 7500