MORE than 35 people involved with natural resource management met with members of the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (BLCAC) at Powlett River recently to better understand traditional land use.
The event, organised for Close the Gap Day, aimed to provide staff and volunteers from West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA), Port Phillip Westernport Catchment Management Authority (PPWCMA) and Bass Coast Landcare an opportunity to learn more about Bunurong/Boon Wurrung Heritage.
Event organiser, Mandy Leggett from WGCMA, said she was thrilled with the response from participants.
“Members of the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Council were extremely generous with their time and knowledge,” Ms Leggett said.
“They shared information about traditional land use, how to recognise artefacts, stories from the past and also information about the Land Council.
“Many WGCMA staff work on waterways to help improve and enhance them – members of the Bunurong Land Council were able to share information about cultural methods of river restoration,” Mandy said.
Dan Turnbull from the BLCAC said members of the council were humbled by the level of respect and interest received from the many participants.
“It was a great chance for us to pay our respects to our Ancestors, their stories and places.
“We are very excited about the organisational relationship between WGCMA and BLCAC.
“We look forward to doing similar events in the future,” Mr Turnbull said.
As part of the day, WGCMA CEO, Martin Fuller was presented two pieces of artwork by Bunurong artist Adam Magennis.
These pieces will be displayed in the WGCMA Leongatha office and will form part of a collection on display during NAIDOC week in July.
National Close the Gap Day is an annual awareness event that aims to close the health and life expectancy gap between the Indigenous and the non-Indigenous communities in Australia.
This program is supported by WGCMA through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
Learning from the traditional owners