The Lake Eyre Basin ‘Aboriginal Way’ Map is an initiative from the second Lake Eyre Basin Aboriginal Forum held in 2006.
The Lake Eyre Basin Aboriginal Forums are an information sharing event that allow for the representation of Aboriginal interests in the development and implementation of policies and strategies for the Lake Eyre Basin. Aboriginal Forums are open to all recognised Aboriginal representative bodies and individuals located within the Lake Eyre Basin.
At the 2011 Tibooburra Aboriginal Forum, draft concept designs and content for the Aboriginal Map were discussed and knowledge and portrait images were offered for inclusion on the map.
The purpose of the Aboriginal Map is to:
- Provide a pictorial overview of the presence and significance of Aboriginal people, places, cultures and histories across the Lake Eyre Basin
- Raise awareness of existing Aboriginal management of water and land in the Lake Eyre Basin
- Inspire people to recognise and to further explore and learn about Aboriginal culture and history in the Lake Eyre Basin and to provide them with guidance and information to help them do this respectfully.
Sponsorship for the Aboriginal Map has been provided by the Australian, Queensland, South Australian and Northern Territory governments, Georgina Diamantina Cooper Aboriginal Group, BHP Billiton, Santos, South Australian Arid Lands and Territory Natural Resource Management.
The Lake Eyre Basin ‘Aboriginal Way’ Map Steering Committee was established to provide advice to governments and oversee the development of the Aboriginal Map. The Steering Committee is chaired by the Australian government.
Members of the Steering Committee are:
- Brenda Shields (LEB Community Advisory Committee Aboriginal representative)
- Judith Harrison (LEB Community Advisory Committee Aboriginal representative)
- David Dolman (LEB Community Advisory Committee Aboriginal representative)
- Matt Turner (LEB Community Advisory Committee Environment representative)
- Joc Schmiechen (LEB Community Advisory Committee Tourism representative)
- Isabel Tarrago
- George Cooley
Consultation and engagement with Aboriginal people and representatives across the Basin has occurred on an ongoing basis since 2009 and has included:
- Discussions with individual Aboriginal people who took part in the development of the draft consultation Aboriginal Map and have offered their portrait photographs to appear on the Map
- Approaches to Aboriginal organisations and groups seeking copies of illustrative photographs and permissions for their inclusion on the draft consultation Aboriginal Map
- Interviews with Aboriginal people to gain an appreciation of how they see the landscapes, water and natural resources of the Basin
- Requests to Aboriginal custodians for permissions to include stories, songlines, translations and images of special places on the Draft Consultation Aboriginal Map
- Consultation with Aboriginal people with regard to the distribution and contemporary use of Aboriginal languages across the Basin.
The draft consultation Aboriginal Map is now in its final stages of development and consultation has now commenced.
For further information on the draft consultation ‘Aboriginal Way’ Map email the LEB Secretariat
. To view the Draft Consultation Aboriginal Map go to the ‘Aboriginal Way’ Map Consultation page