"For the first time in Victoria’s history, the state government has
handed back water to traditional owners, giving them rights to a river
system they have managed sustainably for thousands of years.
The two billion litres of water returned to the Gunaikurnai Land and
Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) this month means traditional
owners can now determine how and where water is used for cultural,
environmental or economic purposes.
The decision recognises that water rights are crucial for Indigenous
people to restore customs, protect their culture, become economically
independent and heal Country.
The hand-back to Gunaikurnai people is the crucial first step in a
bigger, statewide process of recognising Indigenous people’s deep
connection to water. It also serves as an example to the rest of
Australia, where Indigenous rights to water are grossly inadequate."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics