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Looking after country in New South Wales: two case studies of socioeconomic benefits for Aboriginal people

Posted on: 10 January, 2011
Issue: Vol 11 No 1, January 2011 – March 2011
Related to Cultural ways Caring for country Environmental health Social determinants Social issues New South Wales

Hunt J (2010)
Looking after country in New South Wales: two case studies of socioeconomic benefits for Aboriginal people
Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

This report highlights two Aboriginal groups in NSW engaging their people in looking after country and exploring the socio-economic benefits of caring for country.  A review of the literature of natural resource management in NSW and existing research establishing the social benefits of caring for country across northern Australia was undertaken.

The two organisations in this report Banbai Business Enterprises, manages the first Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) in New South Wales, ‘Wattleridge’, on the New England Tablelands north east of Guyra, and now a second IPA, ‘Tarriwa Kurrukun’, on land owned by the Guyra Local Aboriginal Land Council. The Nyambaga Green Team, operates from the Ngurrala Aboriginal Corporation near Macksville, New South Wales.

It was demonstrated that utilising a holistic concept emphasised the importance of Indigenous social, cultural, political and spiritual systems and the relationships between Indigenous people and the earth. This is an asset based approach – building on the existing strengths, capacities, cultural knowledge and responsibilities and family networks within communities.

Both enterprises respond to the communities own aspiration to carry out their cultural obligations and look after country. The ideal of development is linked with culture and identity.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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