Closing Gaps

Training and employment experience for Indigenous people in environmental management

This project concept, if developed further with the Registered Aboriginal Parties, could contribute to Closing the Gap for Indigenous Australians through environment-based training and employment.

The project could aim to train at least 50 Indigenous people in Certificate III Conservation Land Management with a course developed to provide tailored training for Indigenous participants.

Then, utilising a network of environmental and water industry partner organisations, traineeships and employment opportunities would be pursued for the graduates.

Additionally, Wurundjeri, Bunurong and Wadawurrung people could be employed through the project to develop and implement plans to Care for Country and improve the ecological condition of 10 or more culturally important places on public and private land in the region.

The project idea would need to be developed further with Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung, Bunurong and Wadawurrung organisations and families.


Themes and Local Areas

Primary Theme:Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians
Other Themes:Waterways, Wetlands, Native Vegetation, Native Animals, Coasts, Estuaries, Marine Environments, Communities
Primary Local Area:All Local Areas
Other Local Areas:
Project location:Throughout the region
Scale of the project:Information
New or continuing work:Continuing – building on previous work

Project partners

Lead organisation:Melbourne Water
Key partners:Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, Holmesglen TAFE, Trust For Nature, CSIRO, research organisations, Parks Victoria, municipal councils, Landcare networks
Registered Aboriginal Party/s relevant to the project or its area:Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation

Investment opportunities

Opportunities for investors within this project start from:$$$ (Hundreds of thousands of dollars)
Estimated scale of investment for full project implementation:$$$ (Hundreds of thousands of dollars)
Estimated timeframe for full project implementation:2-10 years

Contribution toward targets

Primary Regional Catchment Strategy target:Traditional Owners as the voice for waterways and Country – Traditional Owners are the strong and respected voice for Country, with fundamental roles and influence in planning, decision making and action across the region in land, biodiversity and water management. The value of traditional ecological knowledge held by the region’s Traditional Owners is embraced and influential in modern decisions and practices.
Relevant Biodiversity 2037 goal:Engage Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians to include Aboriginal values and knowledge in the project
Relevant National Landcare Program priority:

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