After recognition of Native Title over their country, and the return of a significant pastoral lease, the Arabana people wanted to develop a plan to guide their next steps.
Arabana country is part of the central salt lakes and springs, Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre), region in South Australia. In addition to its deep cultural significance to the Arabana people Kati Thanda has great conservation significance, including as seasonal breeding grounds for water birds. Kutha (water) , significant plants and animals and the maintenance of traditional knowledge, comprise key targets for better health of country. With support from South Australian Government and The Nature Conservancy, Conservation Management helped the Arabana community to develop a Healthy Country Plan, which encompasses their traditional lands, as well as creating an operational plan for Finniss Springs. The plans have prepared the way for tangible and prioritized outcomes to be delivered on the ground.