Aboriginal natural resource management

The Natural Resources Commission acknowledges and pays respects to the Aboriginal people of NSW, their elders past and present and their traditional lands and waters. The Commission recognises that Traditional Owners have a deep cultural, social, environmental, spiritual and economic connection to their lands and waters with ongoing knowledge of natural resource management.

Aboriginal peoples contribute a great deal to natural resource management. They have diverse and deep connections with our lands and waters over millennia, and they continue to care for country today.

We collaborate with Aboriginal peoples and organisations to ensure they can fully participate in decision-making, leadership and action in natural resource management. The natural resource management sector is characterised by Aboriginal interest and participation but this involvement needs to be strengthened.

We invite Aboriginal NRM knowledge holders, thought leaders and experts to get in touch with us, share their backgrounds, knowledge and stories to inform our reviews and advice – so if you would like to provide input or speak with us, please email or call on 02 9228 4844.

The following links provide more detail on our work.

Image (bottom left): Courtesy of Banbai Rangers (Dominic Cutmore lighting fire)
Image (bottom middle): Courtesy of Banbai Rangers (Rangers undertaking a cultural burn)
Image (bottom right): Courtesy of Banbai Rangers (Tremane Patterson at the Kukra rock art site in the Wattleridge Indigenous Protected Area)