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Aboriginal Water Grants program sees funding for Bendigo Creek continue
Aunty Marilyne Nicholls has been involved as a water projects officer, and as a Dja Dja Wurrung person working with Dja Dja Wurrung Enterprises and engaging members.
Water is life, and holds huge significance for the Dja Dja Wurrung people as a place to live, and part of traditional ceremonies, Aunty Marilyne said.
Now, they want to reclaim agency in the system of water ownership, for the good of the land and for future generations.
“Everybody needs to play their part for the future of better water for country as well as people, and the impact it plays on that bigger biodiversity of life,” she said.
“Because it’s not just about us as peoples, it’s about the future, it’s about what we leave for our kids for the future.”
When the work began, the site was a disaster zone.
The project has changed her mind about how Aboriginal people can work to heal waterways.
“When I first was asked if I’d like to be involved in a Bendigo Creek project, I said, no,” Aunty Marilyne said.
“I teach traditional weaving with sedge grasses, and I thought no, I’m not going to take any of my people down to that waterway to get sick while they’re harvesting grasses, we’re not going anywhere near it.
“To see something like this, and to be engaged and work on this process of how it’s been developed has changed my mind about how we can work to start healing that water.” To read the entire article, go here