“Nari Nari is an evolving concept. Our organisation adapts and flows like our river towards better management of natural resources, and the inclusion of Aboriginal people and culture in land management”
Ian Woods – Chairperson
Nari Nari Tribal Council (NNTC) was formed in 2000 by a group of Aboriginal people interested in the protection of both Indigenous culture and history, and the environment. The groups name is taken from the Aboriginal nation which originally inhabited the area, and who were documented by explorer Charles Sturt as being a peaceful and skilled group of sustainable hunters and fishers.
Nari Nari Tribal Council took control of Toogimbie, Glenhope / Lorenzo Stations in February 2000, after purchase by the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC). Prior to this, since the introduction of farming in the Hay area in the late 1800s, both properties had been used exclusively for pastoral /agricultural purposes. Numerous Aboriginal burial and camp sites are recorded throughout our country and since taking ownership in 2000 these have been protected as part of the overall rehabilitation of our country. The Council operates as a not-for-profit indigenous organisation, incorporated under the Incorporation Act, and has adopted the Model Rules for incorporated bodies, with additional specific functions.
Situated north of the famous Hay Plain, the Toogimbie landscape includes flat former pasture lands contrasting with eucalypt-lined creeks and waterways, and a nearby floodplain. The traditional life of the Nari Nari people revolves around Toogimbie’s wetlands, which are home to the totem animal, the Goanna, and traditional medicines.
Much of the cultural history of the local Indigenous people was lost upon assimilation into European society. IPA activities are protecting the scarred trees, campsites and burial mounds found on Toogimbie, as well as helping reconnect the people to their land. Toogimbie IPA represents both a visual and spiritual link between the health of the land, its water systems and its people.
The local ecosystem and wildlife habitats have been affected by former farming practices, and by timbercutting along waterways. As a result, the Toogimbie wetlands are environmentally degraded and fragile, and are the main focus of land management activities. Managed intervention by the Tribal Council supports the recovery of the land, and is helping to ensure a sustainable future for both the Nari Nari and their environment.
Nari Nari Tribal Council aims to become an example of culture and heritage protection and enhancement, environmental awareness and reconciliation, and sets itself to be a respected and revered organisation within both the Aboriginal and wider community. NNTC believes the works being undertaken are of regional, national and international significance.
NNTC plans to improve upon the resources that are held by the organisation, for the betterment of members of the community.