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Celebrating Aboriginal connection to Country during NAIDOC Week

South East Local Land Services is celebrating the range of exciting and innovative cultural connection projects that are helping build relationships with local Aboriginal communities and groups.

NAIDOC Week 2017 runs from 2 to 9 July and is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Acting General Manager Ken Garner said the theme of NAIDOC Week 2017, ‘our languages matter’, tied in closely with the work being undertaken by Local Land Services to help protect and strengthen Aboriginal cultural heritage.

“We recognise the importance and value of traditional knowledge in the management of natural resources and productive agricultural land,” he said.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a strong social, spiritual and cultural connection with their Country.

“We have Aboriginal staff who are working in partnerships with individuals and organisations, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, to deliver services to ensure that Aboriginal culture and values underline natural resource management decisions.”

Local Land Services has produced a special NAIDOC Week edition of its newsletter Local Links, which showcases the array of partnerships and projects being undertaken to support Aboriginal people to care for Country.

“The special 2017 NAIDOC Week edition of Local Links, highlights 12 projects that are delivering services that support Aboriginal people throughout the state,” he said.

“The newsletter outlines the work being carried out across NSW to help promote and celebrate the rich history and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.”

Among the stories featured in Local Links NAIDOC Week is an article about Rangers from Mogo Local Aboriginal Land Council partnering with South East Local Land Services to preserve a culturally significant Midden on the Tomaga River.

Download a copy of Local Links from www.lls.nsw.gov.au

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Media contact: Dave Michael 0418 513 880, Marketing and Communications Coordinator South East Local Land Services