Creating a prosperous, sustainable and healthy Northern Australia

Waanyi and Garawa Land Use Plan

Waanyi and Garawa Land Use Plan
  • Author North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd
  • Publish date 22 November 2020
  • ISBN 978-1-922437-18-1
  • Documents
  • First Nations led business development


Land Use Plans (LUPs) translate the broad view of agricultural and other land use potential into the social, cultural and economic realities of specific sites. They are not exhaustive nor definitive compilations of land use potential and interests but rather and expression of complex rights, needs and interests contextualising serious commitment to economic and community independence. Indigenous groups respond well to facilitators who recognise this and to therefore to communications and other tools that resonate with these core motivations.

This Plan has been put together for the Waanyi and Garawa (WG) Traditional Owners (TO). The Plan has been developed through the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) project, building on the ongoing working relationship North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA) has with the Waanyi and Garawa people through the Knowledge Brokering, Savanna Fire Management and other land-based activities. The Business on Country (BoC) approach supported by the CRCNA has enabled these and other activities to be framed into one story.

This Land Use and Economic Diversification Plan focuses on business areas identified by WG as the savanna fire and carbon management enterprise; biodiversity management and the broader Payment for Environmental Services (PES), including grader contracting for fire breaks and land access.

The LUP also includes a draft prospectus. The prospectus is an important statement of commitment by project owners/participants to pursue identified development trajectories and a sense of readiness to invite investment from government and the private sector in terms that align with their way of seeing and doing things. At this stage the draft prospectuses are aimed at the local community as critical investors of social and cultural capital, as well as toward potential financial investors.

This LUP and draft prospectus should be read along with the following supporting documents:


Business on country: Land use diversification on the Indigenous estate

Business on country: Land use diversification on the Indigenous estate

This project seeks to develop a northern Australian network and engagement framework for Indigenous landowners and managers on how to progress development and a fee for services sector across the Indigenous estate. The Business on Country approach facilitates the infusion of cultural values, rights and interests into Indigenous business creation and activity. This project has delivered a suite of research outputs and publications, which are complementary to each other and these are listed below in the publications section.

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