Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Officer, Worimi Aboriginal Nation
Indigenous Fishing NSW
The NSW Government through the Department of Fisheries NSW are
preparing to implement certain policies on recreational fishing.
The Dept of Fisheries NSW have recognised that they must have
local Indigenous input into this process. They have not consulted
with local Indigenous communities sufficiently nor have they
taken into consideration that not all-Indigenous communities
have Native Title status.
Under their current Indigenous Fishing Strategy quote:However,
Aboriginal persons are required to pay a fee to fish in saltwater,
unless that person is party to a registered native title claim
or that person is taking part in a traditional cultural activity,
as identified under the indigenous fisheries strategy.
What I believe to be defined as a traditional cultural activity
would be to take fish for the sole purpose of sharing this resource
with the local Indigenous community. At the present time Indigenous
communities are being victimised by Fisheries officers right
along the NSW coastline.
We are being treated like we don,t know anything at all of this
resource. The peak agencies for Aboriginal affairs are ignoring
requests by communities to act on their behalf.
Indigenous communities are asking why can,t any Human Rights
instruments be used to right the wrongs? As is the case with
the Federal Minister for Conservation/ Forestry, why wasn,t the
consultative process inclusive of Human Rights for Indigenous
Australian Aboriginal people?
The NSW Minister for Minerals and Fisheries, Hon. Eddie Obeid
has insisted that this indigenous fishing strategy has included
concerns from Indigenous communities.
Why then are Indigenous people being prosecuted for taking
fish the way they have been practicing this activity long before
any non Indigenous person laid their foot on the continent?
Objectives: To obtain the appropriate and equal rights for Indigenous
people,s of Australia.
- Creating a national standards cultural heritage database for
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service,
- providing input into the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander
Cultural Heritage Protection Act Amendments,
- NSW member of the National Indigenous Cultural Heritage Officers
- provided training to Indigenous communities on cultural heritage
- provided input into the National Best Practice in Indigenous
Tourism for Tourism Training Australia.
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