Aboriginal Cultural Land Management and Sustainable and Productive Rural Practice for the 21st Century
An early evening conversation with Bill Gammage and Bruce Pascoe
Facilitated by Peter Bridgewater (Chair Landcare ACT) and Ngunawal Elder Wally Bell
University of CanberraDescription
The 21st Century is a time for rural landholders, whether producers or custodians, to try something new and be open to change.
Imagine a society based on the inseparability of people, the land and water; a rural landscape that is shaped by the integration of the spirit of the land, its people, environmental and cultural heritage and economic decision-making. Consider also, agricultural practice based on heritage, change and adaptation – sustained by growing plants and working with animals using methods that evolved with the land and its conditions, not imposed.
We live in the remnants of land and water management practices of past peoples. People have shaped Australia to ensure continuity, balance, abundance and certainty - management by strategies that are being questioned. With doubt so fundamental and widespread, how can we confidently say we are managing our rural landscapes well?
Bruce Pascoe and Bill Gammage have done the research and have written the books. We’ve read their books, and we accept what they say. What do we do now?
Sustainable land management
Aboriginal cool burning