Lake Bonney Caring for Country Management Plan
In late 2011, the Federal court made a consent determination of native title in relation to part of the First Peoples of the River Murray and Mallee Region (First Peoples) Native Title Claim. The area of the native title determination and the ILUA (Indigenous Land Use Agreement) takes in the Crown Land within the River Murray corridor and includes Lake Bonney. The River Murray and Mallee Aboriginal Corporation (RMMAC) has been established to manage and administer on behalf of the First Peoples matters related to their traditional ownership and native rights as recognised in the determination and in ILUA.
As part of the ILUA, RMMAC and the State Government consented to the establishment of the Lake Bonney Recreational and Aboriginal Heritage Purposes Reserve under the joint care, control and management of RMMAC and the Berri Barmera Council.
In 2014 RMMAC and Council established a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) providing a framework to guide administration of joint care, control and management arrangements of lands around Lake Bonney subject to the native title determination. In accordance with the MOU, relevant decisions require the authority of each party. It is within this MOU that the plan was developed.
The Lake Bonney Caring for Country Management Plan (the plan) has been endorsed by Council and RMMAC following public consultation. The Plan provides the framework for RMMAC and Council to give effect to their joint responsibility for care, control and management of Lake Bonney.
The Plan has been developed to identify outcomes for the protection, preservation, access and use of Lake Bonney. The key objectives are to further the protection, preservation and promotion of the First Peoples of the River Murray and Mallee Region cultural heritage, recognise and promote the importance of a healthy environment and a healthy lake for the First Peoples and the community, prevent development or disturbance from occurring on or near Significant Areas of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage, promote and support the active involvement of the First Peoples in management in the area and contribute to the capacity building, employment and economic opportunities for First Peoples.
Council has been successful in securing funding support from the Federal Government to undertake works associated with the plan. These works will commence on the signing of the funding agreement. Council expects to be delivering key actions associated with the Plan within 3 years to meet funding requirements. Works identified include carpark upgrades, track rationalisation, tracks (cycling/walking), day visitor areas, vegetation management, pest and animal management, signage, campground improvements and engagement of indigenous rangers.
Further updates on the Plan will be provided throughout the project duration.
To view the plan, please click here