Caring for Coranderrk Country
A new partnership has been established between Coranderrk Traditional Owners, the Wandoon Estate Aboriginal Corporation (WEAC), Australian Government programs, the Port Phillip Water Catchment Authority (PPWCMA) and Melbourne Water. This partnership is currently taking shape at Coranderrk showing how Caring for Country can occur in our modern communities and landscapes.
Local Wurundjeri women and descendants of Coranderrk Aboriginal Station, sisters Brooke Collins and Jacqui Wandin, have longed to bring the Wandoon Estate farm at Coranderrk back into profitable and sustainable agricultural production to honour their ancestors who farmed there successfully as an Aboriginal settlement in the mid-late 1800s.
Knowing that that good farm management needs to start with a plan, Wandoon Estate has enlisted the help of the PPWCMA and Melbourne Water to support them in their application for funding from the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) to develop their farm plan. Several workshops and farm walks have been held to understand the goals and aspirations for managing Coranderrk as well as helping to develop their land management skills, and the resultant farm plan now maps out a path to the future.
This short video showcases how these Traditional Owners and Australian Government programs including the National Landcare Programme are working together to achieve sustainable agriculture outcomes and promote Traditional Owner land stewardship.