September 1, 2015  |  Constituency questions

Buninyong electorate

Mr HOWARD (Buninyong) — (Question 477) My constituency question is to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. It relates to registered Aboriginal parties, which play an important role in protecting, managing and promoting Aboriginal cultural heritage while also providing self-determination and employment opportunities. The Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation is the registered Aboriginal party in my electorate. The corporation performs significant cultural heritage management work, including providing expert cultural heritage management advice on cultural heritage management plans in its region. It entered into a recognition and settlement agreement with the Victorian government in 2013 which extended its cultural heritage responsibilities. The Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council also plays an important role in protecting Aboriginal cultural heritage. I call on the minister to inform the house of any interactions she has had with the Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation and the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council in my electorate.