Aboriginal people have been managing land and waters across the Corangamite CMA region for thousands of generations. Aboriginal people developed an innate relationship for their environment, which continues with each new generation today.

Evidence of Aboriginal occupation is present throughout the landscape as cultural heritage places, items and family histories, knowledge passed on from one generation to the next.

Aboriginal cultural heritage is protected in Victoria under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006. The heritage act requires that all discoveries of Aboriginal cultural heritage, places or objects, be reported to the Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria (OAAV). To assist with the identification of Aboriginal cultural heritage OAAV developed a series of mini posters. If you would think you have found an Aboriginal place or item you can fill in the OAAV preliminary report and forward onto their office.

The Indigenous Participation Program

The Indigenous Participation Program (IPP) commenced 2013 and is funded by the Australian Government until 2018 with the following objectives:

• Strengthen existing and establish new relationships between Aboriginal communities, Indigenous people and natural resource management groups and/or practitioners.

• Provide support to Aboriginal communities and Indigenous people to participate in environmental management.

• Provide capacity building and training programs for Aboriginal communities and Indigenous people.

• Encourage inclusion of Aboriginal knowledge into natural resource management planning and delivery.

The development of an Eastern Maar Country Plan is one outcome of the IPP.

This Country Plan has been developed by the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation with the assistance of Native Title Services Victoria, and supported by the Corangamite and Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authorities through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.


In response to the Victorian CMA's commitments to engage and work with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities to manage and improve the health of land and waters an Aboriginal Participation Guideline has been developed.

Click on the image to the left to download a copy of the guideline.



Visits on Country find Aboriginal artefacts.

Corangamite region landholders taking part in Aboriginal cultural walks on their properties provided them with an opportunity to share local knowledge.

With some participants discovering stone artefacts, a grinding stone and stone scatters on their walk.

Local landowners participating in Corangamite Catchment Management Authority Victorian Volcanic Plains PlainsTender projects were invited to be part of Country visits with Wadawurrung Traditional Owners; as part of the Corangamite CMA National Landcare Program Indigenous Participation Program.

The aim of the Country visits is to raise awareness of Aboriginal cultural land values and their protection.

The visits included heritage site surveys, including a registration of artefacts found, and identifying and understanding culturally valued flora and fauna of the region, e.g. bush foods, resource uses and more.

Wurdi Youang Business Plan

The CCMA has supported the Wathaurong Co-Operative to develop a business plan for the Wurdi Youang. This project has been supported by the Austalian Government National Landcare Program. Check out the business plan summary below

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