Contemporary Issues in PRME Annual Lecture 2023
Water for Life: Danjoo Koorliny and Kep Katitjin - Gabi Kaadadjan
In this lecture, we explore the profound significance of water as an essential life force and how our relationship with it has changed since colonisation. Aboriginal peoples have long understood that there is ‘one water’ from the sky and below, sustaining the land and its people. It has however been commoditised over time, transitioning to an essential component of the economy. This has resulted in its overuse, waste and its depletion in quantity and quality impacting our precious groundwater and associated environments, which has necessitated a reliance on technological solutions to this imbalance.
Danjoo Koorliny and WA State government are committed to walking together through Kep Katitjin – Gabi Kaadadjan Waterwise Perth action plan 2 a ten-year journey to leading waterwise communities. Embracing the Whadjuk and Bindjareb Noongar terms for 'water knowledge,' Kep Katitjin and Gabi Kaadadjan emphasise wisdom in managing precious water resources and our connection, or indeed reconnection, to them.
Carol Innes AM
Carol is currently a Co-Director in the Danjoo Koorliny Project – 2029 and Beyond, which is a long-term, Aboriginal-led systems change process based in the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Her previous role was the position of Manager Aboriginal Cultural Heritage & Arts at the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.; Landcorp & Development WA.
Her role was established to engage Noongar people involvement in the major developments of Yagan Square, Elizabeth Quay and the Scarborough Redevelopment.
Carol Innes has a strong commitment to work with our community across all sectors. Her experience in government and the non-government sector spans over 30 years. Carol was employed at the South West Aboriginal Land & Sea Council for 10 years during the period of the State Government negotiation for the South West Settlement.
Carol worked for 11 years in the arts sector. She is experienced in government at both State and Federal levels and in the community arts sector. Carol specialises in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and she is a very strong advocate for raising the profile of Aboriginal people in Western Australia.
Winsome leads the State government’s Waterwise program of work, being delivered across eleven agencies and multiple stakeholders. Kep Katitjin – Gabi Kaadadjan Waterwise Perth action plan 2 was developed with guidance and advice from Danjoo Koorliny and Bindjareb Elders and is an important next step on the journey to Boorloo and Bindjareb becoming leading waterwise communities. To strengthen the inclusion of Aboriginal knowledge, cultural values, voices and participation in the plan’s delivery, the plan’s lead agency, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is supporting her placement with Danjoo Koorliny, based in UWA’s Centre for Social Impact.
An important aspect of her role as Waterwise Cities Program Manager is its interface with the work of Water Sensitive Cities Australia at Monash University and the Western Australian Water Sensitive Transition Network. She has considerable experience in corporate and business processes, strategy, sustainability and engagement and has worked in the government, private and the not-for-profit sectors in senior and executive roles. Her strength is in working collaboratively, including a diversity of voices and needs to reach robust, well-considered and shared outcomes.
Dr Noel Nannup OAM
Noel is a well-respected Nyoongar Elder. He is a known storyteller and cultural guide, instructor and mentor. Throughout Noel’s life he has worked to promote public awareness of the importance of caring for the environment. His career has been dedicated to educating young Western Australians about the rich cultural heritage of Aboriginal people and their lands; and, throughout that process, Noel has played an active and leading role in reconciliation.