Bonye Buru Booburrgan Ngmmunge: Bunya Mountains and Aboriginal Aspirations and Caring for Country Plan

Client: Bunya Mountains Elder Council 

Challenge:

To deliver a plan and governance structure to enable the Bunya Mountains Elders Group to revitalise a traditional meeting ceremony that once brought Aboriginal people from all over Australia on foot to the Bunya Mountains every three years (to feast, trade, make laws and solve disputes). The strategic plan also needed to articulate the caring for country values and aspirations Traditional Owners and other Aboriginal peoples have for the Bunya Mountains (Booburrgan Ngmmunge).

Our role:

Under the guidance of the Elders, we engaged with numerous Traditional Owner groups, the Burnett Mary Regional Group and key stakeholders, including two local governments, two natural resource bodies and four Traditional Owner groups, as well as private land holders and non-Indigenous community members. This involved large and smaller stakeholder meetings, and oral recordings of Elders and knowledge holders from Queensland and New South Wales to gather collective knowledge of past Aboriginal management of the land. We also sourced information from scientists and archeologists.

Outcome:

The Bonye Buru Booburrgan Ngmmunge: Bunya Mountains and Aboriginal Aspirations and Caring for Country Plan is now in place – the product of a grassroots, community-led initiative that provides a strategic approach to governance, planning and decision-making.

Bonye Buru Booburrgan Ngmmunge: Bunya Mountains and Aboriginal Aspirations and Caring for Country Plan