Supporting Capacity: Werai Aboriginal Negotiating Team (WANT)
The Werai Forest is a culturally significant area of land earmarked as a potential future Indigenous Protected Area, the first in the Murray region of NSW. The Aboriginal community through its Werai Aboriginal Negotiating Team (WANT) is negotiating arrangements for the transfer of the forest with the NSW government. The WANT approached Murray LLS to help prioritise issues that are impacting on negotiations with the NSW Government.
In a day-long workshop facilitated by Murray LLS and Dr. Brent Jacobs from Institute for Sustainable Futures, the WANT identified 4 key actions to help progress negotiations with the NSW Government, and 3 key actions to redress capacity imbalances between WANT and Government negotiators.
During the workshop Murray LLS used the Audience Response Cards (interactive electronic clickers) which allowed people to record their responses independently and anonymously and see the results instantly.
The workshop was very empowering and allowed participants to take many issues and narrow down their focus to just a few key actions. Since using the clickers, the WANT have been able to proceed with negotiations over the Werai Land Transfer, achieving positive outcomes already.
Supporting Community capacity and self-governance is a major objective for the Murray LLS Aboriginal program.