We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land and we show our respect for Elders past, present and emerging through thoughtful and collaborative approaches to our work, seeking to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to providing places in which Aboriginal people are included socially, culturally and economically.
Role of committee members
The role of committee members is to:
- provide feedback and input on water planning, programs and projects where Aboriginal rights and values must be considered
- be involved in progressing regional water management plans and initiatives, along with an Aboriginal water strategy for NSW.
- identify and advise on gaps or opportunities, emergent issues or risks to water management proposals.
- be a point of contact for the department’s Water Group in their community on water management issues locally and regionally
- assist Aboriginal stakeholders to gain an understanding of water management in NSW.
Committee members will be required to meet up to six times a year within their region and will receive a sitting fee (including $220 per day, and travel and meal expenses) for participating in meetings. Up to 12 committee members will be selected for each region. The committees will operate until 30 June 2025.
To become a member of a Regional Aboriginal Water Committee, applicants must:
- identify as an Aboriginal person, have the ancestral links, and be accepted by their community as a person who can represent their interests
- reside in a local Nation or community they would represent
- have knowledge of local water issues in the region, including Aboriginal cultural water knowledge and basic knowledge of how water is used and allocated, infrastructure, policy, strategy and planning of water on country
- make a commitment to travel to and participate in up to six meetings a year.
Public servants cannot apply to join a committee.