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                   4.2 Glenelg system
 Traditional Owner cultural values and uses
The Glenelg River, known as Bochara in Dhawuard Wurrung, Pawur in Bunganditj and Bogara in Wergaia- Jadawadjali languages, is a significant feature in the cultural landscape of south-western Victoria. The river features in creation stories from the region. Bochara-Bugara-Pawur continues to be an important place for Traditional Owners, who have inhabited the area for thousands of years,
using the rich resources available along the river and associated habitats.
In planning for environmental flows in the Glenelg River, Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, Barengi Gadjin Land Council, Burrandies Aboriginal Corporation and Glenelg Hopkins CMA have considered:
• supporting the health of cultural heritage sites, such as scar trees and the health of native plants which are sources of traditional foods and medicines
• improved health and abundance of totem species and their habitat resulting from environmental watering also has benefits for Traditional Owner spiritual wellbeing
• supporting contemporary cultural events (such as the Johnny Mullagh Cup).
Aboriginal peoples across the Glenelg catchment
have retained a strong identity and connection to the traditional lands for which they have custodial rights and responsibilities. Traditional Owner values in the Bochara- Bugara-Pawur system align strongly with environmental values. Traditional Owner values are holistic and interrelated.
These values are bound up in the health of the river system overall, and the Country that the river is part of. Traditional Owner wellbeing is connected to the health of the river and the Country.
The Season Flows Calendar (Figure 4.2.2) illuminates flow regimes along one reach of the Glenelg River (reach 1b 5-Mile Outlet to Chetwynd River) and aligns them with corresponding environmental events and observations.
The value of the calendar is in its clear visual depiction
of Traditional Owner knowledge, developed over many generations, of how varying flows correspond to seasonal conditions and broader environmental patterns. It is planned to embed the six seasons in the flow recommendations and scenario planning in the Glenelg Hopkins CMA watering proposal in future years.
The seasonal calendar arises from the six seasons of Gunditjmara country and was produced by Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation. The northern part of the river upstream of Harrow area is in Jadawadjali Country and the south west part of the system is in Boandik Country. The calendar reflects seasonal flow conditions recognised by all the Traditional Owner groups.
Waterway managers are seeking opportunities to increase the involvement of Traditional Owners in environmental water planning and management. Where Traditional Owners are more deeply involved in the planning and/or delivery of environmental flows for a particular site, their contribution is acknowledged in Table 4.2.1 with an icon.
The timing of the summer fresh is planned to support the annual Jonny Mullagh Cup cricket match between the Gunditj Mirring and Barengi Gadjin Traditional Owners. The fresh will improve water quality in swimming holes and improve amenity for the Traditional Owners attending the cricket event, which is an important cultural event held on the river.
      Watering planned and/or delivered in partnership with Traditional Owners to support Aboriginal cultural values and uses
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Right: Figure 4.2.2 Seasonal Flows Calendar

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