Funding for Victorian AWAs

Using the AWA on Country

MLDRIN has received funding from the Victorian Government to run six Aboriginal Waterways Assessment (AWA) projects in Victorian Water Resource Plan areas! The funding is an exciting opportunity for Traditional Owners to use the AWA tool and document the cultural values and environmental health of waterways on Country. All information and data arising from the projects will be handed back to Traditional Owners to support effective engagement in water planning.

Expressions of Interest invited

MLDRIN has opened an expression of interest (EOI) process for the projects. All Traditional Owner groups within the Victorian Murray Darling Basin are invited to submit an EOI. Decisions on the role out of the projects will be informed by an Independent Panel. MLDRIN believes that all Traditional Owner groups should have the opportunity to run cultural mapping and assessment projects if deemed effective and appropriate by the community. To download an Expression of Interest form click here. For more information on the Victorian AWA projects click here.

MLDRIN reps discuss an AWA project with Gunditjmara Traditional Owners and Glenelg Hopkins CMA Staff

How do I submit an expression of interest or find out more?

MLDRIN would be very happy to provide more information and assist groups to complete an Expression of Interest. We can also visit, provide a presentation or send additional information if requested.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Aboriginal Waterways Assessment and MLDRIN’s role please contact: or phone Will Mooney on 0404 163 700.

MLDRIN believes the AWA offers a valuable starting point for working together on Country to identify Aboriginal watering objectives.

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