Chido Govera talks economic development at NSW Aboriginal Land Council

2 May 2017

Zimbabwean farming activist Chido Govera today met with members of the Land Rights network to share experiences about the importance of economic independence.

NSWALC Councillor for Wiradjuri region Craig Cromelin said the achievements of Chido Govera were of interest to many Local Aboriginal Land Councils throughout the State.

After learning about the science of farming mushrooms, Chido passed her knowledge on to more than 1000 women throughout Africa which opened doors to projects in India, Australia, the United States and Europe.

"Chido Govera's journey from orphan to farmer activist are inspiring and have made a difference for many communities around the world. For the Land Rights network in New South Wales, Chido Govera's story is about economic independence, which is a key priority for the NSW Aboriginal Land Council.

"We hope Chido Govera's journey will provide further encouragement to Local Aboriginal Land Councils engaged in economic development initiatives.

"In New South Wales, the Land Rights network can claim certain lands as freehold title and can use that land for the cultural, social and economic benefit of Aboriginal peoples," Cr Cromelin said.

NSWALC is investing $16 million over five years for Local Aboriginal Land Councils, providing start-up capital, financial training and business development to turn Aboriginal local knowledge into successful and sustainable businesses.

"Throughout the State, Local Aboriginal Land Councils are engaged in a range economic activities including property development, tourism, social enterprises and farming. 

"Self-determination and economic independence is the best way to close the gap on disadvantage and we will continue to use land as the vehicle to improve living standards for Aboriginal peoples," Cr Cromelin said.

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