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Menindee workshop provides direction for land managers

A two-day workshop at Menindee this month introduced Aboriginal land managers to a wide range of support services and gave them direction in the way they operate their businesses.

More than 30 people attended the Stepping Up To Manage Country workshop at the Menindee Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) office, which included a tour of Appin Station and a campfire dinner by the riverbank.

Senior Land Services Officer (Aboriginal Communities), Ronni O'Donnell said the workshop attracted land managers, local elders, community members and representatives of the LALC.

People travelled from Menindee, Broken Hill, Wilcannia and Dareton to attend.

"The workshop was a great opportunity to form new partnerships between organisations who will be supporting and funding Aboriginal land managers to improve their land," Ms O'Donnell said.

"Ricky Archer came from Darwin to facilitate the workshop and highlighted the range of organisations that can assist Aboriginal land managers with funding and practical advice.

"This was a good way to introduce Aboriginal land managers to a range of organisations who can help them improve land management outcomes.

"Several project ideas came out of the workshop, with land managers looking to apply for funding for on ground works and community groups developing plans for training and events."

One of the attendees was Dwayne Evans from "Winterriga Station", who found the workshop extremely beneficial.

"This workshop has given me a clearer idea of the way forward for me in my business and what path I need to take," he said.

"The information I have learnt will be very valuable in my future planning."

Guest speakers at the workshop included staff from Local Land Services Western Region who covered pest management, agricultural production, Landcare and cultural heritage.

Steve Smith and Callum Howell attended from the Indigenous Land Corporation and Menindee LALC Chairperson Cheryl Blore was also part of the sessions.

Other speakers included Ellen Day, Rural Support Worker with the Department of Primary Industries (DPI); Rural Financial Counsellor, Brian Dodson; DPI Vet, Greg Curran and Tiff Brown from Crown Lands NSW.

Media contact:          Donna Ambler 0400 258 690, Ronni O'Donnell 03 5021 9429  I  0409 334 956