Six pillars

We are also building on our prior work with Aboriginal communities. For example, Basin Aboriginal nations have expressed their aspirations through the Water Resource Plans First Nations engagement process, identifying six pillars that underpin the plans’ key objectives and outcomes.

Cultural

Cultural

Acknowledge the central role of water in Aboriginal culture, and the inter-dependencies with economic, social and environmental outcomes.

Health and well-being

Health and well-being

Acknowledge that water (quality and quantity) is critical to sustaining healthy communities, which underpins the ability to live on and care for Country.

Country

Country

Improve and enable access to Country to maintain healthy waterways.

Engagement

Engagement

Embed culturally appropriate Aboriginal engagement, participation, partnerships and communication processes into water management and government decision making.

Economic

Economic

Seek opportunities to use existing water and access to additional water to generate employment and business ventures.

Shared benefits

Shared benefits

Seek opportunities to use water allocated for environmental and consumptive purposes to deliver Aboriginal outcomes and benefits where synergies exist.