Ballarat local, and proud Adnyamathanha Yuru, Shu Brown, will bring deeper First Nations peoples’ insights to the Central Highlands Water (CHW) Board of Directors, following his appointment as Independent Aboriginal Delegate.
Board Chair, Angeleen Jenkins said she was delighted to welcome Mr Brown to CHW’s Board, recognising the significance of ensuring a First Nations’ perspective and contribution to the governance, utilisation and management of water resources.
"This is a significant position and Mr Brown’s input will enhance the Reconciliation work of CHW across the region, by strengthening our understanding of First Nations peoples’ strong spiritual connection to water in Aboriginal culture and identity, and the longstanding commitment to care for and protect water resources,” said Ms Jenkins.
With a strong passion for land, water, fire management, and cultural and heritage awareness, Mr Brown will be a valuable addition to the CHW Board’s discussions. He will advise and support the water authority to achieve its environmental and community strategic aspirations, as they relate to the important connection and care for healthy land and waterways.
“I am thrilled to join CHW’s Board of Directors as an Independent Aboriginal Delegate and am looking forward to the opportunity to develop my Board governance skills, as well as share my cultural and community experience and knowledge.
“There is so much still to be learnt about how best to manage and share water, community and environmental priorities, and how to incorporate this knowledge into decisions on the management of our very precious resources,” Mr Brown said.
The Victorian Government is committed to Aboriginal self-determination and will begin formal treaty negotiations this year. Water entities across the state are working with Traditional Owners to support their aspirations to heal Country through participating in water management.
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