Common ground for traditional owners of the land

PROUD YORTA YORTA MAN: Des Morgan has been appointed as an Environmental Water Indigenous Facilitator for the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority to formalise arrangements between traditional owner groups within the catchment.

HIS new role at the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is simple to explain for proud Yorta Yorta man Des Morgan.

Officially, he’s been employed as an Environmental Water Indigenous facilitator but for Des it’s about fulfilling his responsibility as a traditional owner.

“For us it’s pretty simple. How you receive the water is how you pass it on and you look after it while it’s on your country,” Des said.
“That’s my responsibility to the people and the land further down the river,” he said.

He’s been charged with helping to formalise arrangements between traditional owner groups within the catchment and setting up consultative processes surrounding the use of environmental water.

He’ll work with Yorta Yorta and Taungurung elders to devise specific uses for environmental and cultural water.

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