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.
Acknowledge the central role of water in Aboriginal culture, and the inter-dependencies with economic, social and environmental outcomes.
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.
Improve and enable access to Country to maintain healthy waterways.
Embed culturally appropriate Aboriginal engagement, participation, partnerships and communication processes into water management and government decision making.
Seek opportunities to use existing water and access to additional water to generate employment and business ventures.
Seek opportunities to use water allocated for environmental and consumptive purposes to deliver Aboriginal outcomes and benefits where synergies exist.