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Supporting Aboriginal culture, land management and communities

The Hunter is rich in cultural heritage. Its landscapes and natural resources traditionally sustained a significant Aboriginal population. The Aboriginal community holds valuable knowledge about natural resource management that can be shared with the broader community to contribute to the sustainable future of our landscape.

Hunter Local Land Services (LLS) is striving to boost Indigenous cultural awareness and enhance engagement throughout our communities. We are committed to supporting the region's Aboriginal communities and building their skills and capacity in land management.

Aboriginal Community Advisory Group

A dedicated Aboriginal Community Advisory Group has been established to advise Hunter LLS on the strategies and priorities the organisation should implement with the Aboriginal community, including training opportunities. The group consists of representatives from a range of Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs) and Aboriginal organisations.

Toby Whaleboat –Land Services Officer (Aboriginal Communities)

Toby Whaleboat
Toby Whaleboat is employed by Hunter LLS as a Land Services Officer to engage, and build partnerships, with Aboriginal organisations and community groups, and boost cultural awareness. 

He aims to assist Aboriginal communities in the region to develop their capacity in traditional land management.

Education and training

Hunter LLS supports Aboriginal programs in the Hunter region through on-ground funding initiatives and collaborative partnerships. We conduct and support a range of initiatives that:

  • support and enhance Aboriginal knowledge, and cultural heritage and awareness
  • build capacity in traditional land management for land managers and land management teams, traditional Aboriginal owners and Local Aboriginal Land Councils
  • provide training opportunities for Aboriginal communities in agriculture, natural resource management and related fields.

Hunter LLS has recently provided training workshops to land managers and land management teams, traditional Aboriginal owners and LALCs, allowing them to develop useful, practical skills and knowledge. Workshops have been delivered on wild dog and fox trapping, property planning and project management.

Other upcoming projects for which Hunter LLS will provide support include introduction to agriculture workshops and cultural burning workshops, along with the production of Aboriginal Elders and youth knowledge sharing videos.

Scholarships

We also offer scholarships to Aboriginal students in the Hunter region who have a strong commitment to natural resource management. The scholarship is for $5,000 per year and is awarded annually to up to three Aboriginal students.

Contact us

To find out more about Hunter LLS Aboriginal programs contact Toby Whaleboat on 4938 4946 or toby.whaleboat@lls.nsw.gov.au.