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Article

Publication details

Lloyd, D & Norrie, F 2004, 'Identifying training needs to improve Indigenous communities representatives input into environmental resources management consultative processes: a case study of the Bundjalung nation', Australian Journal of Environmental Education, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 101-113.

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Abstract

Despite increased engagement of Indigenous representatives as participants on consultative panels charged with processes of natural resource management, concerns have been raised by both Indigenous representatives and management agencies regarding the ability of Indigenous people to have quality input into the decisions these processes produce. In order to determine how to more effectively engage Australian Aboriginal peoples in the management process, this article describes the results of interviews with Elders of the Bundjalung Nation and other community representatives who represent their community's interests on natural resource management boards within their traditional country. Community representatives identified the factors they considered important in understanding natural resource management and administrative processes and where training would enable them to make a significant contribution to the consultation process. It also highlighted a need for non-Indigenous managers to gain a greater understanding of Indigenous knowledge systems and protocols,