A time for change? Indigenous heritage values and management practice in the Coorong and Lower Murray lakes region, South Australia

Wallis, Lynley A. and Gorman, Alice C. (2010) A time for change? Indigenous heritage values and management practice in the Coorong and Lower Murray lakes region, South Australia. Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2010 1: 57-73.

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Author Wallis, Lynley A.
Gorman, Alice C.
Title A time for change? Indigenous heritage values and management practice in the Coorong and Lower Murray lakes region, South Australia
Journal name Australian Aboriginal Studies
ISSN 0729-4352
Publication date 2010-01-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 2010
Issue 1
Start page 57
End page 73
Total pages 17
Place of publication Canberra, ACT, Australia
Publisher Aboriginal Studies Press
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The Coorong and Lower Murray Lakes in South Australia have long been recognised under the Ramsar Convention for their natural heritage values. Less well known is the fact that this area also has high social and cultural values, encompassing the traditional lands and waters (ruwe) of the Ngarrindjeri Nation. This unique ecosystem is currently teetering on the verge of collapse, a situation arguably brought about by prolonged drought after decades of unsustainable management practices. While at the federal level there have been moves to better integrate typically disparate 'cultural' and 'natural' heritage management regimes--thereby supporting Indigenous groups in their attempts to gain a greater voice in how their traditional country is managed--the distance has not yet been bridged in the Coorong. Here, current management planning continues to emphasise natural heritage values, with limited practical integration of cultural values or Ngarrindjeri viewpoints. As the future of the Coorong and Lower Murray Lakes is being debated, we suggest decision makers would do well to look to the Ngarrindjeri for guidance on the integration of natural and cultural values in management regimes as a vital step towards securing the long-term ecological viability of this iconic part of Australia.
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