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As we progress through the social restrictions and lockdowns imposed on Victorians and Victorian businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important to focus also on traditional Owner groups.
For so many of those TO groups, the impact on their operations, which focus on community and country, have been severely restricted. Yet despite those restrictions, their passion remains. Joining Connection Matters Radio (CMR) to talk about one such group was Michael Stewart, the CEO of the Barengi Gadjin Land Council (BGLC) in western Victoria.
Michael told CMR: “As soon as the pandemic hit Victoria in reality, we actually shut down our office, and we’ve had all staff pretty much working from home since the middle of March.”
The danger of having all staff working from home is that the BGLC’s field team, which is responsible for traditional burnings and natural heritage protection was essentially out of action.
“And that was a real concern for us on how we adequately protect our staff, but also continue to protect heritage,” Michael said.
This was particularly a problem with the looming fire season.
“Within the next month or so would be the normal start to bush fire season in the western extent of Wotjobaluk country.
“We have managed to get our guys out; and they’ve had a few cultural burns so far this year already at some key locations.
“The real downside to coronavirus is that we haven’t been able to open that up to the broader community to come along and observe and potentially be involved.”
During this interview, Michael discusses:
- Expanding field teams to better protect natural heritage across country
- Maintaining protection of country and heritage throughout coronavirus lockdowns
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For more information about the Barengi Gadjin Land Council:
- Click here to visit the Barengi Gadjin Land Council Facebook page
- Click here to visit the Barengi Gadjin Land Council website
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