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First Nations to save rivers

CEO of the Murray Darling Association, Emma Bradbury, with Rod Corfe in the 2WEB studio last week. Photo TWH

The management of the Murray Darling Basin should include recognition for the naming protocols and practises of indigenous communities.

Chief Executive Officer of the Murray Darling Association Emma Bradbury has been touring Basin communities and said it was clear that including traditional names for the rivers and other locations was an important step forward.

Ms Bradbury said the recent national conference of the Association highlighted the need for local knowledge and leadership in managing the vast Murray Darling Baaka river system and the communities that relied on it.

“The river system has been identified for a whole lot longer as the Baaka and communities will identify with what is meaningful for them,” Ms Bradbury said.

“The recognition of the traditional owners and the heritage, history and rich management capability is an important way to honour First Nations people and all the responsibility and custodianship of the system they have had.

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