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Indigenous Land Management Project in Orange

The inspiring work of the Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council's Gaambuwananha Ngurambang (GN) team has reinvigorated a uniquely Indigenous perspective to local land management on the Central Tablelands.

The GN team was named as a winner in the Indigenous Land Management category at the recently announced 2015 NSW Landcare Awards, in recognition of the team's efforts to restore Aboriginal culture links to land management.

Gaambuwananha Ngurambang translates from the Wiradjuri language meaning 'Bringing Back Country' and the primary focus of the project is on healing Country and Community through land rehabilitation.
The GN Team employ 8 skilled Conservation and Land Management Officers to deliver on ground conservation works in line with traditional Aboriginal Cultural values and practices.
The project has been running since 2012, supported through funding from the Australian Government. Their services include native seed collection, plant propagation, revegetation, weed management work, and vegetation management with traditional burning techniques.

The team has ongoing commercial contracts in place with Cadia Valley Operations and Orange City Council.

"These ongoing contracts are a significant achievement for the project as our long term goal is to develop a commercial, Aboriginal land management enterprise," said Mentor Support Coordinator, Neil Ingram.

"The GN team have become well known in the community and are developing a project model that could be used by other LALCS or Aboriginal organisations to set up similar structures,"

"Our goals are based on spiritual connection to country and restoring and protecting land in line with traditional practices and lore," said Neil.

Central Tablelands LLS Senior Land Services officer, Angus Arnott, works with Sarah Keir at the Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council to coordinate the GN project.
"The Indigenous Land Management Award is a tribute to the dedication and enthusiasm of the GN team and their outstanding work in conservation and land management," said Angus.

Central Tablelands LLS has been working with the GN team particularly on the use of traditional burning techniques at various sites including Girralang, Shadforth, and the CSU campus site at Orange.

"We have embarked on a shared learning journey with the Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council and Gaambuwananha Ngurambang that has been extremely beneficial for everyone involved," said Angus.

Developing positive partnerships within the community and the Natural Resource Management industry has been a high priority for the GN team.

Mentor Support Coordinator, Neil Ingram, says these partnerships enable the sharing of traditional and scientific knowledge, as well the promotion of greater awareness and understanding of the importance of sustainable land management practices and Aboriginal cultural values.

"The work the team has undertaken is an important step in healing the Aboriginal community's fractured spiritual and cultural connection to country and land, and we look forward to continuing to work with the community and our land management partners to restore and preserve critical cultural and environmental values in the landscape," said Neil.

For more information about the work of the Gaambuwananha Ngurambang team contact:
Sarah Keir at the Orange LALC
Phone: 02 6361 4742

Media enquiries: Kylie Krause, phone 0439608370