State reaches for ancient natural knowledge
The Queensland Government will get tips on good water use in rural areas from the people who have been managing it the longest.
Consultations with Aboriginal people in south-west Queensland will start this week – an opportunity for the authorities to get the Indigenous take on water usage in the region.
Locals in towns like Cunnamulla and Eulo will be plumbed for ideas on how water can be used in the Warrego, Paroo and Bulloo catchments.
Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham says he wants to hear from a group that has been involved in environmental management for thousands of years.
“I have set up a resources community roundtable and I have Indigenous representatives on that to ensure that Indigenous people's concerns about the use of land and natural resources are conveyed directly to me and to the Government,” he told the ABC.
“Now we recognised that Indigenous people have a strong cultural connection to their lands and to their waters.”
He hopes consulting with Indigenous people will bring entirely different perspectives.
“It's the cultural, it's the connection to the land but also one thing that's forgotten is the economic development also that's important for Indigenous people with the water resources such as the Great Artesian Basin,” he said.