The Forster Water Deal One Year On

 One year ago, the Forster Local Aboriginal Land Council entered into a landmark agreement that would secure water supplies for the Mid-North Coast region.

The deal was hailed as a significant first for the Land Rights network, where the Forster Aboriginal community was able to transfer land to a government utility and retain cultural access to the site.

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Signing the Forster Water Agreement, 2015. Image: OurMob

Under the agreement, MidCoast Water purchased 1600 hectares of land from the Forster Local Aboriginal Land Council.

The sale of the land will finance social and economic development opportunities for local mob as well as cementing a perpetual right of cultural access to fish and gather food from the site.

OurMob looks back on the day of transfer as a significant step for Forster LALC and the Land Rights network.

 

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  1. With all do with Respect to our Ancestors,and Traditional Descendents.My mothers,mother was
    the last full-blooded elder,And my grandfather who was last to be put through Tribal men’s law(and fought in the war in Changi,(POW for 3yrs and 8 months.Would be rolling over in there graves,Spiritually knowing that the Land and Water is not being looked after.The Water being sold to the enemy,by an Outgoing Ceo,and aTerminated Ceo.Who both don’t come from the Worimi area.We as a Aboriginal settlement must stop Deception.

    • Hi P
      Thanks for your comment on the water deal and thoughts about the land and water being cared for. However, this deal was struck after many years of challenging negotiations, and the community as a whole agreed it was the most sensible and equitable decision to make, so everyone, black and white, had access to water. And that the Aborginal people in the area represented by their Local Aboriginal Land Council, received sufficient compensation to being building a viable economic base for the community as a whole. I urge you to check whether the land and water is in fact being looked after or not, and how. And given that so many Aboriginal people in the area were forcibly removed and sent to homes and non-indigenous families across the state and around the country, I’m sure you would agree in the 21st century that it’s not beneficial to discriminate against any First Nations person with a mixed cultural heritage, or claim they have lesser knowledge or claim to traditional knowledge because of that.

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