This WordPress Site is designed to complement the ‘Oncountry Learning Course’ that I teach at the University of Melbourne. The course is run in Yorta Yorta country in the Murray Goulburn region as a field based program in the first week of February each year. It is open for students that have completed the first year Indigenous Studies program at the University and is accredited towards their undergraduate studies. Other Oncountry camps in Yorta Yorta Country are held during the year..
Barmah-Millewa National Parks and Yorta Yorta Cutural Heritage: Keeping it for Future Generations
Joint Managment: What does it mean and where does it come from?
Joint Management is a recently imported western construct that is used to ensure that when land is returned to Traditional Owners under the pretext of JM, it is conditional upon the land being leased back to the Government to manage jointly with the Traditional Owners. Cooperative or Co -Management is a similar concept but the major difference between the two, as defined by VEAC in its River Red Gum Forest Investigation Report, 2008, is that the ownership of land stays with the Crown whereas Joint Management returns the land to the Traditional Owners under a Hand back/Lease back arrangement (VEAC, 2008: 106).
Joint Management is therefore a compromise position, between Indigenous and non Indigenous land interests , to that of Sole Management which has been practiced by Indigenous Australians for the majority of our land management history. For 60000 years or since creation, the land, and waters have been managed and cared for in a more holistic way-see paper A Holistic View
Yorta Yorta Possum Skin Cloak,with designs of Dhungulla (Murray River) Museum of Victoria