The major roles of the Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board are to:
Prepare a Joint Management Plan for the Appointed Land for submission to the Minister for Energy, Environment, Climate Change and Water, and, once approved, to oversee its implementation through partnerships, and monitor compliance and performance.
Provide advice to the Minister and the Secretary of the DELWP in relation to the management of, and policies relating to, the Appointed Land.
The functions of the Board are those conferred on the Board under the Conservation, Forests and Lands Act 1987. Part 8A and, in particular, Division 5A) and the Traditional Owner Land Management Agreement 2013 (TOLMA), (Schedule 2, Clause 6.1), which forms part of the Dja Dja Wurrung Recognition and Settlement Agreement (RSA) 2013. Through the RSA, the State of Victoria legally recognises the Dja Dja Wurrung People’s strong and continuing connection with the land.
The Board aims to deliver a JMP that amplifies the opportunities for all Dja Dja Wurrung People, and delivers tangible opportunities and benefits for Dja Dja Wurrung economic development for the long term.
For the knowledge and culture of the Dja Dja Wurrung People to be recognised and incorporated into the management of the Appointed Land.
To fulfil Dja Dja Wurrung People’s cultural obligations to look after our Country.
To act with integrity and honesty to improve park management of the Appointed Land.
To act in good faith in the best interest of the Dja Dja Wurrung People and to build healthy partnerships with key stakeholders.
To act with integrity and transparency in all relationships.
To provide effective and transparent good governance.
To provide a platform for the development of the Dja Dja Wurrung people and their lands.