April 2016 Riverspace Update

April 2016 Riverspace Update

Aboriginal Water Values 

The Glenelg River starts in the Victoria Valley of the Grampians Mountain Ranges and runs for over 500 kilometres to the Southern Ocean. One of the longest rivers in Victoria, a short stretch of the estuary winds through South Australia before returning to Victoria. It is valued by Victorian's and South Australian's for its high social, economic, cultural and environmental attributes.

The Glenelg River runs through two Traditional Owner areas, managed by the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and the Barengi Gadjin Land Council and is important to both groups.

Glenelg Hopkins CMA, in partnership with Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and Barengi Gadjin Land Council are developing an Aboriginal Water Values project to capture some of the significant Aboriginal Water Values for the Glenelg system. Aboriginal water research is required to ensure that Aboriginal water requirements and preferences are understood sufficiently. This will facilitate informed discussion on how Aboriginal values and uses can be delivered through Victoria’s existing water resource planning and implementation processes. To achieve this, an understanding of the intersection and overlap between ecological and cultural outcomes is essential.

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