Aboriginal Agriculture

Aboriginal Cultural Land Management and Sustainable and Productive Rural Practice for the 21st Century

An early evening conversation with Bill Gammage and Bruce Pascoe

Facilitated by Peter Bridgewater (Chair Landcare ACT) and Wally Bell (Ngunawal Elder)

Bruce, Bill, Peter and Wally in conversation on 9th May 2018, hosted by Landcare ACT and the University of Canberra

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Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe         Biggest Estate on Earth by Bill Gammage

The 21st Century is a time for rural landholders, whether producers or custodians, to try something new and be open to change.

Imagine a society based on the inseparability of people, the land and water; a rural landscape that is shaped by the integration of the spirit of the land, its people, environmental and cultural heritage and economic decision-making. Consider also, agricultural practice based on heritage, change and adaptation – sustained by growing plants and working with animals using methods that evolved with the land and its conditions, not imposed.

We live in the remnants of land and water management practices of past peoples. People have shaped Australia to ensure continuity, balance, abundance and certainty - management by strategies that are being questioned. With doubt so fundamental and widespread, how can we confidently say we are managing our rural landscapes well?

Bruce Pascoe and Bill Gammage have done the research and have written the books. We’ve read their books, and we accept what they say. What do we do now?


National Landcare Program Regional Landcare Facilitator Landcare ACT University of Canberra
This event is made possible with funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program Sustainable Agriculture Small Grant Program Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership and Strategy