Arabana involvement in decision making about water management in
Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre
A new report has been published by the Goyder Institute for Water Research that documents Arabana cultural connections to water. The report was written to show how white fellas can include Arabana people when deciding how healthy a water site is, such as mound springs and soakages.
This will make sure that when development takes place in Arabana Country which might impact water sites, our knowledge and cultural beliefs will not be overlooked but included in the decision making process.
Water is incredibly important to our culture. It is part of our creation. The report shows how we use animals and plants to decide if a water site is healthy or not. The report shows how bad our Country feels when white fella management causes water sites to dry-up or become unhealthy and polluted.
Our cultural knowledge of Arabana Country in Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre will help people make better management decissions in the future and make sure our Country is looked after much better in the future.
Click here to download and read the report which was written for the Goyder Institute by Melissa Nursey-Bray from the University of Adelaide and the Arabana Aboriginal Corporation.
Restoration of Finniss Springs
Work is well underway at restoring the old kitchen at the homestead on Finniss Springs in Arabana Country.
The Arabana Aboriginal Corporation is also in talks with a solar power company to install lighting at the homestead.
Renaming of Lake Eyre
On May 25th, 2013, the Arabana peoples quest to have the Lake Eyre renamed to its original Aboriginal name was successful.
The lake was given back its ancient Arabana Aboriginal name Kati Thanda.
Now known as Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre, it is our hope that in years to come, all Australians will know our great lake as just Kati Thanda.
To watch a short film of the renaming of Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre, please click on the video below.
Caring for Our Country
The Arabana Aboriginal Corporation obtained funds to conduct a conservation assessment of our unique but vulnerable lands.
The report titled Developing the Arabana Wadlhu Ngurrku-Ku (Healthy Country) Plan has jbeen published and can be downloaded by clicking here.
Climate Change Adaptation
The Arabana Aboriginal Corporation worked with the University of Adelaide on writing a climate change adaptation plan for our country and people. The project found our country is vulnerable but we people are strong and resilient.
Click here to find out more about the Arabana Climate Change Adaptation project and to read our Adaptation Plan.
Finniss Springs 100 year lease
On May 25th, 2013, the Arabana Aboriginal Corporation won the leasehold rights over Finniss Springs, an important place for Arabana people.
As part of our Native Title determination, the Arabana Aboriginal Corporation will have management rights over Finniss Springs for generations to come.
For those of you who were unable to attend the historic handover of the lease of Finniss Springs, click on the video below to watch a short film of the amazing event!