WATER IS LIFE
The Water is Life, Traditional Owner Access to Water Roadmap, was formally launched on 29 September by Minister for Water Harriet Shing on behalf of the Victorian State Government.
Water is Life is a key deliverable from Water for Victoria. Currently, Traditional Owners hold less than 0.2 per cent of all water access entitlements in Victoria. In 2019, legislation was passed to enshrine Aboriginal cultural values and knowledge in water and catchment management into law for the first time and to include Traditional Owners in these processes.
The Aboriginal Water Program is an important step to better include Aboriginal people in the way water is managed in Victoria and to reconnect communities to water for cultural, economic, customary and spiritual purposes. Water is Life will support Traditional Owners to Care for Country in ways that benefit Traditional Owners, the natural environment, and wider communities.
To access the Roadmap please follow this link.