We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First People and traditional custodians of the land and waters of this place. We express our gratitude in the sharing of this land, our sorrow for the personal, spiritual and cultural costs of that sharing and our hope that we may walk forward together in harmony and in the spirit of healing.
We acknowledge the importance of Aboriginal custodial and cultural connection to place which is embodied in the term ‘Country’. We recognise and admire the ecological knowledge of Aboriginal people that has developed from thousands of generations of careful, sustainable land management practices.
We seek to integrate Aboriginal values around Country with mainstream land management approaches and to learn about complex indigenous knowledge systems and encourage greater understanding of Aboriginal cultural and spiritual connections to Country.