Aboriginal values and rights

The following frequently asked questions are about Aboriginal values and rights.

How have Aboriginal water rights, interests and access to water been considered in the planning of the strategies?

Aboriginal peak groups were involved in advising us on how to engage with Aboriginal people in targeted areas. There were a range of attendees from grassroots to delegates from larger organisations. We held meetings to discuss regional water strategies and cultural water rights across each area.

Departmental Aboriginal cultural officers and Aboriginal facilitators helped run the meetings in an inclusive and culturally appropriate way. This ensured throughout each stage everybody had an equal and fair opportunity to discuss cultural water rights and their interests in regional water strategies.

The feedback from Aboriginal people during consultation has guided the development of the strategies. We have captured what we heard about their challenges, opportunities and possible solutions in the strategies. We have also considered existing programs such as River Rangers and what we have heard in past water consultations.