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2018 Winner - Environmental Justice

GWMWater (Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water Corporation)

Memorandum of Understanding with Dja Dja Wurrung – South West Loddon Pipeline

In 2016 GWMWater received permission to develop the 1,300 kilometre South West Loddon Pipeline. Large portions of the pipeline would cut through the Country of the Dja Dja Wurrung clans, literally upheaving the land and unearthing the history contained within. A path to preserving this cultural heritage and history was sought and through close consultation with Dja Dja Wurrung, a formal relationship, governed by a negotiated Memorandum of Understanding , between the two parties was forged.

Dja Dja Wurrung field representatives undertook approximately 20,000 hours of paid work over nine months during 2017, contributing greatly to the understanding of the significant sites that and artefacts that exist on their Country. During that period, close to 500 sites of cultural heritage were identified and added to the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Register, and items including scarred trees, middens, stone artefacts, earth ovens and earth features were revealed and mapped.

The Memorandum of Understanding titled Recognition of Cultural Heritage and Native Title within the South West Loddon Pipeline Project was developed as a result, laying the foundation for a cooperative partnership that will continue to benefit both parties into the future.

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