The Forster Water Deal One Year On

 One year ago, the Forster Local Aboriginal Land Council entered into a landmark agreement that would secure water supplies for the Mid-North Coast region.

The deal was hailed as a significant first for the Land Rights network, where the Forster Aboriginal community was able to transfer land to a government utility and retain cultural access to the site.

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Signing the Forster Water Agreement, 2015. Image: OurMob

Under the agreement, MidCoast Water purchased 1600 hectares of land from the Forster Local Aboriginal Land Council.

The sale of the land will finance social and economic development opportunities for local mob as well as cementing a perpetual right of cultural access to fish and gather food from the site.

OurMob looks back on the day of transfer as a significant step for Forster LALC and the Land Rights network.