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IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL BIGAMBUL PEOPLE REGARDING BNTAC AGM

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IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING BIGAMBUL NATIVE TITLE ABORIGINAL CORPORATION (BNTAC) AGM AND AUTHORISATION MEETING SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND

BNTAC wishes to advise that:

  • The Annual General Meeting for BNTAC Members only on Saturday WILL be going ahead at 2pm, however, due to current CoVid issues the preference is for BNTAC members to attend via Zoom.  BNTAC members may email admin@kalawyer.com.au or text 0411 029 944 for the zoom link.  If you are unable to access the zoom link BNTAC members may also go to the venue and participate via a zoom link there.  Numbers will be limited at the venue due to CoVid restrictions.
  • The Authorisation Meeting for all Bigambul People scheduled for Sunday will NOT be going ahead.  It will be rescheduled to a date to be advised as soon as BNTAC is clearer on how it can go forward and still meet both Native Title and CoVid protocols.

 As BNTAC is endeavouring to reach as many Bigambul People as possible to advise them of this please let any of your family or community members know. A Facebook post has also been published by BNTAC on Our official page (https://www.facebook.com/Bigambul-Native-Title-Aboriginal-Corporation-BNTAC-111991730362512/) that Our mob can share to friends and family to help keep everyone up to date with latest news and updates. 

We wish Our community a happy and safe start to 2022!

Latest Employment Opportunities on Bigambul country for Our mob!

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BNTAC are pleased to report additional local employment opportunities for Our mob!

Shell QGC has partnered with Wirrpanda Foundation to deliver an Indigenous scholarships program commencing in early 2022.

To support the program and its commencement, Wirrpanda is currently recruiting three (3) mentor positions that will directly support scholarship recipients in the program.

Applications are sought from interested Aboriginal people, ideally with skills and experience relating to:
– Demonstrated experience in the provision of mentoring support and assistance to job seekers with complex needs
– Experience in employment services
– Ability to work collaboratively with community organisations and support services
– Ability to engage, network and maintain relationships
– Knowledge around barriers to employment
– Knowledge of government and other bodies that provide services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people which include employment services and community organisations
– Ability to work within a small team and independently
– High level communication skills, both verbal and written.

For more information please access the complete job listing on seek at: https://www.seek.com.au/job/55183417

BNTAC encourage Our mob to circulate information regarding these employment opportunities to anyone they think may be interested and qualified.

2022 Intake for the Harness Energy apprentice and trainee program

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Harness Energy in partnership with Shell QGC is offering the Indigenous Career Program for 2022. The intake for the program is now open!

The Indigenous Career program provides a foot in the door to the natural gas industry for Aboriginal people.

There are a range of both traineeships and apprenticeships available through program, including across the following areas:
– Mechanical
– Electrical
– Boiler maker
– Business administration
– Civil construction
– Workplafe health and safety
– Telecommunications
– Warehousing
– Labratory skills
– Water treatment

For full information regarding the program please follow the below link:

https://harnessenergy.com.au/indigneouscareers2022/

Latest BNTAC Employment Opportunities

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Bigambul Native Title Aboriginal Corporation (BNTAC) are currently seeking to recruit and employ the following listed positions.

Full details regarding each role, including their application requirements, process and close dates are contained in the included position descriptions available for download.

 

Empowerment Officer

BNTAC are currently seeking applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to fill the role of Empowerment Officer. The position will be based in Goondiwindi, operating regionally across our Determination Area. The position will be responsible for delivery of employment case management services to support Bigambul people with work readiness, job placement and post-placement support. The aim of the role is to achieve and support successful training access, skills development, employment take up and employment retention outcomes.

The Empowerment Officer role will actively contribute to supporting BNTAC’s aim of increasing training and employment outcomes for Our people, and overall economic independence for the Bigambul nation. The position is part of a progressively expanding work program for BNTAC aimed at developing capacity to deliver culturally and individually tailored supports to Bigambul people that promote and support their training and employment aspirations and outcomes.

For further information regarding the role and how to apply, please download and carefully read the complete position description.Empowerment Officer Position Description

 

Drought Resilience Officer

BNTAC are seeking to engage a full-time Drought Resilience Officer over a 12-month period. The role will operate from Toowoomba and across the entirety of the Bigambul nation.

The purpose of the position is to deliver on-country demonstrations/information sessions and workshops that will be open to whole-of-community, however with particular emphasis on primary producers and agricultural/pastoral companies operating in and on our Determination Area. Targeted demonstrations, sessions and workshops will cover traditional burning practices as well as preventative land rejuvenation techniques. These activities form part of BNTAC’s ‘Drought Preparedness, Resilience & Resistance Project’ – aimed at better preparing and equipping our nation, inclusive of our country and waterways, primary producers/land users and whole-of-community generally to be more drought preventative, resilient and resistant.

For further information regarding the role and how to apply, please download and carefully read the complete position description. Drought Resilience Officer Position Description

 

Caring for Country Project Officer

BNTAC are seeking to engage a suitably qualified and experienced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person on a part-time (approximately 20hours per week) to undertake the role of Caring for Country Project Officer over a 12month period. The role will support the development and implementation of the Bigambul nation’s 10year Caring for Country Plan – a comprehensive plan for health country and a thriving Bigambul community. The role will work closely with the BNTAC Empowerment Officer and Drought Resilience Officer – with complementary cross-overs existing between and across these positions and their respective scope of work and focus. The position will be responsible for providing a long term, community-led and driven Caring for Country plan that encapsulates our vision and targets for a healthy and thriving Bigambul nation and culture, and which also supports opportunities for community and economic development.

For further information regarding the role and how to apply, please download and carefully read the position description. Caring for Country Project Officer Position Desription

BNTAC successful application to the 2020 Queensland Government Looking After Country Program

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It gives BNTAC great pleasure to announce that we have successfully obtained funding through the 2020 Queensland Government Looking After Country Program, to develop and deliver the Bigambul 10year Caring for Country Plan – setting in place a comprehensive blueprint for a healthy country and a thriving Bigambul nation.

 

The 10year Bigambul Caring for Country Plan will identify our caring for country and cultural heritage priority areas; their underpinning objectives; and strategies to be undertaken in support of these targets. It will also culminate in development of a Bigambul Caring for Country ‘scorecard’ that will be the framework for the initial country and cultural heritage ‘health check’. The scorecard will allow a mechanism through which to not only conduct a baseline ‘health check’ against the priority areas (with the outcomes of this helping to inform strategies for development as part of the 10year plan), but also a framework for annual/bi-annual similar assessments, so we can track progress and ensure the effectiveness of strategies implemented.

 

BNTAC has recently completed our Aboriginal Waterways Assessment (AWA), meaning there is available information ready to directly feed-in to the initial ‘health check’ process. Since commencing our water management project in the last half of the 2018/2019 financial year, BNTAC has also undertaken significant activity in the development of the Bigambul Nation Planning – Cultural Flows – Gulli Wongul Nation Plan. The Bigambul Cultural Flows Working Group undertook significant Nation Planning activity, which was funded and supported by the Northern Basin Aboriginal Nations (NBAN).

 

In addition to the above work that has been undertaken to-date, BNTAC also have in place various Cultural Heritage Management Plans (CHMPs) with proponents in our determination area. In this manner the Caring for Country Plan will provide a consolidated roadmap for how we care for and manage the health of our country, waterways and cultural heritage – both now and into the future.

 

Our lead priority outcome is to provide a long-term, community-led and driven plan; that encapsulates our vision and targets for a healthy and thriving Bigambul nation and culture; while also supporting opportunities for community and economic development. Regarding the latter; there will be an emphasis as part of the Plan’s development on maximising the concurrent input of local Bigambul Elders and Traditional Owners and wherever possible, Aboriginal scientists and environmental experts – to support a truly effective and meaningful merger of traditional ecological knowledge with current science and best practice. Extending on this; the timeline for this Plan’s development will parallel development of BNTAC’s 10year Economic Development & Prosperity strategy – with strongly anticipated scope for reciprocal benefits and learnings through the simultaneous development of both strategies/plans.

Development of the Queensland Government Water Plan (Border Rivers and Moonie)

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The Queensland Government have developed a Water Resource Plan for the Queensland Border Rivers – Moonie

Background

Water resource plans are an integral part of implementing the Basin Plan. They set new rules on how much water can be taken from the system, ensuring the sustainable diversion limit is not exceeded over time. In turn, respective Basin state governments are developing water resource plans.

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is working closely with Basin state governments to ensure water resource plans meet the requirements of the Basin Plan. There are 33 water resource plans in total, covering groundwater and surface water management across the Basin. Water resource plans to completed by states include:

  • 20 in New South Wales
  • 5 in Victoria
  • 3 in Queensland
  • 3 in South Australia, and
  • Two in the Australian Capital Territory

As at March 2019, the MDBA was in the process of assessing Queensland’s Border Rivers-Moonie WRP for consistency with the Basin Plan. The process from there entails the Authority considering the assessment and providing a recommendation to the Commonwealth Minister responsible for water – which ultimately informs the decision to accredit the WRP or not.

How the Queensland Border Rivers-Moonie WRP was developed and its intended purpose

Queensland has been working to develop the Border Rivers-Moonie WRP since 2016. Part of the MDBA’s assessment of the WRP involved seeking advice from the Northern Basin Aboriginal Nations.

In its totality, the WRP brings together rules and arrangements used by Queensland to manage water in the WRP area. In this manner, it also reflects state arrangements / provisions in place – with both tiers of ‘plans’ also involving public consultation(s).

Importantly and notably, the Queensland Government has worked with members of relevant Aboriginal nations – including the Bigambul nation – to help improve the cultural context of water management in the WRP area. Risks to Aboriginal values and uses of water were identified through engagement with Aboriginal people with a connection to the land and waters in the Border Rivers and Moonie. Management strategies in turn have been developed that aim to maintain flows that support Aboriginal water needs, build the understanding of cultural flow requirements and make water available to support economic and social aspirations of Aboriginal people.

The Plan and its formalisation and mobilisation will complement and support research and planning already in process by the Bigambul nation – to ensure the health, prosperity and sustainability of Bigambul country and waterways – now and into the future.

Continued collaboration between BNTAC and Goondiwindi Regional Council program

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BNTAC are pleased to report that in moving into and through the new 2020/2021 activity period, we maintain our ongoing collaboration and partnership with Goondiwindi Regional Council, to progress a range of our priorities and current projects and initiatives.

BNTAC would like to acknowledge and thank Goondiwindi Regional Council for their enduring support and commitment to partnership, and we look forward to working in close consort with Council across the breadth of our programs; with a particular focus around cultivating shared efficiencies; and expanded social and economic development opportunities, and participation and independence outcomes of Bigambul people.

To find out more about Goondiwindi Regional Council, see their website at: https://www.grc.qld.gov.au/

 

Key projects and programs in progress

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BNTAC have significantly expanded and diversified our work program over the last 12-18months, and this is reflected in the breadth and mix of key projects and initiatives that are either already in progress, or to be commenced during the 2020/2021 period.

This article summarises BNTAC’s current priority projects / initiatives for the upcoming 12month period – with a focus across those initiatives that we have received successful confirmation of funding for, including:

  • The Bigambul 10year Economic Development & Prosperity Strategy
  • The 2020 Bigambul Elders’ Gathering
  • Establishment of the Bigambul NAIDOC Committee
  • The Bigambul Language Preservation and Rejuvenation work program

This list only reflects projects where funding has been confirmed and does not include other planned initiatives for which decision(s) are still pending. Updates regarding progress against these key items and developments in terms of any new initiatives, will be provided routinely through our website, Facebook page, and also our new bi-monthly Newsletters, commencing from July 2020.

The following sub-headings and summaries capture and convey the scope and key objectives of those listed projects that have been confirmed.

 

The Bigambul 10year Economic Development & Prosperity Strategy

The aim of this project is to develop a 10year Bigambul Economic Development & Prosperity Strategy; as a community-led and locally collaborative roadmap, to ensure a health; thriving; and sustainable Bigambul nation and community – now and into the future.

One-off funding was applied for over 12months to contribute to the Strategy’s direct scoping, research and development costs through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) – Strengthening Regional and Rural Communities funding round.

The submission was lodged in September 2019 and in early 2020 BNTAC received notification or our successful application. BNTAC are now in the process of readying to undertake steps and measures to mobilise the project and its stages.

Three, primary activity stages have been identified to undertake the project:

  • Formation of a local Working Group comprising Bigambul community members that will provide the project’s local monitoring and governance structure, as well help drive the project and its stages, working in consort with the BNTAC Executive Director and engaged consultants/expertise along the way. The first meeting will be a 2day planning meeting to be held on country in Goondiwindi. The aim will be to merge priorities already identified (i.e. including through our 2019 BNTAC Youth Summit and based on outcomes of the Bigambul Young People’s Survey) with representative community feedback, to identify and confirm what priority areas will make up the 10year plan, and then further unpacking to illicit what objectives and supporting strategies will sit beneath each of these priority areas.
  • Stage two involves undertaking a whole-of-community skills audit for the Bigambul nation (at individual and business levels) and including against the mapped priorities. This will result in identification of gaps and local skills areas requiring bolstering, as well as what existing skills and capability are already available in the community, to help mobilise short and longer-term strategies needed / identified.
  • Stage three focuses on analysis of the local skills-audit outcomes, which will also be presented to the working group for verbal workshopping and feedback. This stage will provide the foundation of evidence and information needed to be able to effectively plan and confirm what will be the short and longer-term measures of the 10year Strategy, in order to achieve mapped objectives/targets across the identified priority areas. This will form the primary content of the Strategy. Concurrently to this, BNTAC will also be developing credentialing frameworks for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal businesses, services and local suppliers in our determination area, as well as developing our own Social Responsibility Guidelines that include criterions for the promotion, appreciation and preservation of the Bigambul nation, culture and community. Outcomes of this will in turn also feed into the final write-up and development of the Strategy, with the final draft to be presented back to the Working Group for endorsement before publication and launch.

 

The 2020 Bigambul Elders’ Gathering –

Despite receiving successful funding notification from QGC Shell’s Sponsorship and Donations Program, due to COVID-19, BNTAC have been unable to proceed as of yet with the Gathering.

An EOI has been developed to progress formation of a Bigmbul Elders Advisory Group, and avenues are being explored for the future convening of the Gathering, taking into account the COVID-19 situation and key advice / recommendations at that time.

The aim of the event (when held) is to engage Bigambul Elders as part of two-days of interactive, dynamic and collaborative nation building and planning. It also aims to extend on the outcomes and momentum of the highly successful BNTAC 2019 Youth Summit, which engaged our emerging, future leaders in discussing and considering Our vision and aspirations for a thriving and sustainable Bigambul nation.

The two-day Gathering will encompass a broad range of topics and applied, interactive sessions. Indicative themes include providing an in-depth picture of BNTAC; presentation of the 2019 Bigambul Youth Summit and Young People’s Survey outcomes; and extending on the former, interactive sessions to identify Elders’ self-directed priorities, targets and aspirations for the Bigambul nation – as well as strategies to achieve this. A key focus and outcome of the 2days will also be thorough scoping of the Bigambul Elders Advisory Group and its roles, scope and functions – which will carry forward the work plan and priorities from the Gathering.

 

Establishment of the Bigambul NAIDOC Committee –  

One-off sponsorship of $10,000 was successfully sought from QGC Shell’s Sponsorship and Donations program for the planning, coordination and delivery of annual NAIDOC celebrations and formation of a dedicated Bigambul NAIDOC Committee.

The NAIDOC theme for 2020 is ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ – recognizing and celebrating the First Nations people have occupied and cared for this land for over 65,000 years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 public celebrations have been postponed now until November (8th – 15th).

BNTAC are in the process however of establishing a dedicated Bigambul NAIDOC Committee, with an EOI already prepared and set for launch on our website. The Working Group will comprise direct Bigambul descendants and Elders, with a focus on ensuring strong Elder-leadership and input as part of this year’s NAIDOC approach. The Committee will be responsible for planning, leading and delivering the annual series of public and school-based NAIDOC celebrations in Goondiwindi and surrounds. The aim of the NAIDOC celebrations is to actively support and provide positive opportunity for nation building and cultural celebration.

 

The Bigambul Language Preservation and Rejuvenation Work program –

In 2019, BNTAC was successful in securing funding from QGC Shell for part-one of our ongoing language preservation work program, which involves a thorough scoping and collation of existing archives and records to develop a comprehensive baseline report and record of Bigambul language. This will be the necessary foundation needed for part-two of our language preservation program; which will extend on the baseline project to develop audio visual and written resources, complemented by local artists’ works, that can be disseminated broadly. This project stage is being enabled through a successful application for funding to the Commonwealth Government through the Indigenous Languages and Arts Program last year.

 

 

 

 

BNTAC Latest ‘Good News’ Story

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It gives Bigambul Native Title Aboriginal Corporation (BNTAC) great pleasure to formally advise that we have been successful in obtaining two-year funding from the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet (PM&C) to support the establishment, commencement and mobilisation of BNTAC’s first, dedicated office space, which is to be co-located with our first Cultural and Language Centre of its kind for our PBC, and for our Nation more broadly. The co-located office and Cultural and Language Centre space will be based in Goondiwindi – which is the most sizable regional centre in our current Determination Area.

 

BNTAC have for a long time now prioritised bolstering internal capacity to not only lead by example as an effective, well-governed and quality PBC, but to also be able to establish the resource and capacity base to allow for an ongoing, on-country presence, by way of establishment of a fixed Office/headquarter space; that could ideally be co-located / operated with our own Cultural and Language Centre. The aim is to create not only a base for local employment of Bigambul people, but also a welcoming and culturally safe and inclusive space; that allows both local people (Aboriginal and non-Indigenous) and visitors to our region opportunity to learn more about the history, culture, language and knowledge and traditions of Our people and nation.

 

BNTAC identify this development as a tremendous outcome that will positively complement and support our growing and increasingly diversified work programs – with strong opportunities existing for this space to positively support and unlock opportunities around:

  • Local Aboriginal economic development and employment and training targets and strategies
  • BNTAC’s current and ongoing language preservation and rejuvenation program, including through display and access to language resources already in development and to be made available via the Cultural & Language Centre Space
  • General profiling of the Bigambul nation’s history and story, as well as our culture, lands and traditional knowledge – supporting not only cultural transmission, but also revival and maintenance
  • Profiling and supporting local Bigambul artists our nation’s and country’s storylines
  • Supporting local Bigambul capacity and economic development opportunities more generally

 

BNTAC will be providing routine updates regarding the premises’ establishment, as we move toward establishment and mobilisation of the space. A public community event launch is planned, pending the COVID-19 situation at this time. Keep an eye out on our News and Events pages and the BNTAC Facebook page for latest updates regarding the space – as well as opportunities to get involved.