Aboriginal Reference GroupAbout the ARG
The Central West Aboriginal Reference Group (ARG) was developed by the CMA in 2005 in consultation with various Aboriginal people and organisations throughout the Central West area. This key reference group was established to:
- maximise the participation of Aboriginal people in all levels of natural resource management within the Central West area
- maximise the protection and maintenance of Aboriginal cultural heritage
- maximise opportunities for relevant skills development and capacity building in natural resource management
- maximise the opportunities for Aboriginal economic development in natural resource management
- maintain and enhance the integrity of Aboriginal intellectual property in traditional ecological knowledge and cultural and spiritual knowledge.
Fifteen Aboriginal communities throughout the central west are represented with a good balance of men and women to ensure gender specific issues are addressed. The ARG plays an important consultative role for the CMA, helping establish meaningful engagement with Aboriginal people across the central west catchment particularly in regards to Natural Resource Management (NRM) and Cultural Heritage Management (CHM).
ARG members are charged with developing appropriate local forums in their respective communities to deal with NRM and CHM issues and to plan, develop and implement projects in their local area. Ongoing training in each of the catchment’s key theme areas is provided to ensure the success and quality of those projects.
Current ARG representatives
Grace Toomey (Dubbo)
Paul Carr (Dubbo)
Peter Peckham (Narromine)
Julie Stanley (Narromine)
Barbara Powell (Warren)
Garry Daley (Warren)
David Maynard (Mudgee)
Kylie Orth (Mudgee)
Jacqueline Peckham (Dandaloo)
Stacey Peckham (Dandaloo)
Douglas Peckham (Dandaloo – Youth Rep)
Violet Carr (Wellington)
Johanna Carr (Wellington)
Frances Robinson (Peak Hill)
Lesley Ryan (Nyngan)
Tommy Ryan (Nyngan)
Shirley Scott (Bathurst)
Billie-Jo O’Neill (Trangie)
Colin Quinn (Trangie)
James Williams (Orange)
Julie Armstrong (Orange)
Amy Armstrong (Orange Youth Rep)
Neville Merritt - Chairman (Gilgandra)
Eileen Smith (Gilgandra)
Roslyn Darcy (Gulargambone)
Sharon McEwen (Gulargambone)
The ARG was established to help achieve substantive implementation of the Catchment Action Plan as it relates to Aboriginal people, in a manner that is culturally respectful and appropriate. Its mission is to ensure the CMA can effectively engage with, and seek advice, comment and recommendations on natural resource management and Aboriginal cultural heritage issues from those Aboriginal communities within the catchment that are affected by its operations.
The ARG also has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Central West CMA, acknowledging the need to incorporate Aboriginal knowledge and technologies into land and water management planning and implementation. The MoU recognises that the protection and enhancement of Aboriginal cultural heritage is a matter of particular interest to the traditional owners of the specific lands and waters in the catchment, and a benefit to the whole community. It cites the Principles of Aboriginal Engagement, as agreed by the Natural Resources Advisory Council and the CMA Chairs Council, as the overarching set of principles for the ARG.
To find out more about the Aboriginal Reference Group, contact Mike Nolan, (02 6881 3415 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Last Updated: 28-Aug-2013 11:39 AM