Celebrating NAIDOC Week

While things looked a little different for NAIDOC Week in 2020, we were proud to acknowledge and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year, we proudly featured the artwork of local artist and Ngiyampaa woman Bella Sloane in our corporate documents to showcase her talent.

Bella’s artwork, titled ‘The Connection to Family’ features on the pages of our Acknowledgement of Country, which was this year written by Lower Murray Water (LMW) People & Safety Trainee and Ngiyampaa woman Stephanie Sloane, to reflect our continued partnership with Traditional Owners in our service region and to acknowledge the strong connection they have to the land and waterways.

Keep an eye out for it in our publications over the next 12 months.

Acknowledgement of Country

Lower Murray Water acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work and reside. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waterways and community. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.

The Traditional Owner groups within Lower Murray Water’s service region lie within the traditional lands of First Nations Peoples, from upstream at Koondrook moving downstream along the Murray River (Mil) through to the western edge of our region at the South Australian border.

They are the Barapa Barapa Peoples, Wamba Wemba Peoples, Wadi Wadi Peoples, Tatti Tatti Peoples, Latji Latji Peoples, Nyeri Nyeri Peoples, Ngintait Peoples and the Wergaia Peoples.

The First Nation Peoples’ connection to land and water is the living cultural knowledge that is passed down from generation to generation. The stories that connected the ancestors to their culture still live through the First Nations Peoples of today.

Local artist Bella Sloane's artwork, titled ‘The Connection to Family’ features on the pages of our Acknowledgement of Country in our corporate documents.