9. Traditional Agriculture and Aquaculture

Only one percent of indigenous produce is grown, harvested and marketed by Traditional Owners. A 2018 study by Australian Native Food and Botanicals shows the potential for significant employment and economic prosperity by developing traditional food sources. 

This project will help two local Traditional Owner groups document their vision, build a business case and start a pilot agriculture or aquaculture business. 

The businesses will build on traditional growing, harvesting and land management, and showcase indigenous ingredients and cooking. 

Investment in these two enterprises will allow them to develop a successful business model. 

They will then be able to share key lessons and challenges with other aspiring Traditional Owner entrepreneurs and highlight the region’s cultural heritage to local communities and wider markets.

Proposed actions

Scoping phase, including partners, stakeholders and co-design.

Conversation Circle to discuss enterprise development and to document Traditional Owner groups’ aspiration, build a business plan and pilot an agriculture or aquaculture-based business.

Pilot TO agriculture and aquaculture enterprises.

For more information contact:
North Central CMA (03) 5448 7124

The North Central CMA and our Catchment Partners Forum have developed several options for you or your organisation to contribute to this exciting project including: 

  • In-kind support (such as donation of goods, services or volunteer work). 
  • Strategic support (such as becoming a project partner in the delivery or planning).
  • Making a financial contribution (such as contributing to the contribution (such as contributing to the costs of project delivery).

For more information contact: North Central CMA (03) 5448 7124

Project details


Agricultural Productivity

Traditional Owner Self Determination

ThemeAboriginal Victorians and Traditional Owners
BenefitsAgricultural productivity, Traditional Owner Self Determination
Lead partnerAgriculture Victoria, North Central CMA, Traditional Owners
Delivery PartnerTraditional Owners, local government, Coliban Water and Goulburn Murray Water
StakeholdersYorta Yorta, Taungurung, Barapa Barapa, Wamba Wamba, Dja Dja Wurrung, Barenji Gadjin, Tyntynder Homestead (Wadi Wadi/ Wamba Wamba) non-indigenous local communities, Victorian fisheries Authority, City of Greater Bendigo
LocationRegion wide
UN Sustainable Development Goals1. No poverty, 2. Zero hunger, 3. Good health and well-being, 8. Decent work and economic growth, 10. Reduced inequalities, 11. Sustainable cities and communities, 12. Responsible production and consumption, 13. Climate Action, 17. Partnerships for the goals