Water is Life

For First Nations People, water is life and we are its caretakers. Aboriginal people have always cared for and continue to nurture our waterways and use water to sustain our social, cultural and economical wellbeing.

NSWALC, LALCs and Aboriginal people have long called for improved water management and involvement of Aboriginal people in water governance. It is unacceptable that Aboriginal communities in NSW do not have access to clean, safe drinking water, or access to their rivers, lakes and cultural sites.

Water is Life is a six-part video series exploring the importance of Aboriginal people's connection to water in the campaign to push for ongoing water rights, cultural connections and use of the waterways, to provide for healthy communities.

For more on NSWALC's campaign for Water Rights, click here.



For First Nations People, water is life and we are its caretakers. Aboriginal people have always cared for and continue to nurture our waterways and use water to sustain our social, cultural and economical wellbeing.

NSWALC, LALCs and Aboriginal people have long called for improved water management and involvement of Aboriginal people in water governance. It is unacceptable that Aboriginal communities in NSW do not have access to clean, safe drinking water, or access to their rivers, lakes and cultural sites.

The Water is Life series explores the importance of Aboriginal people's connection to water in the campaign to push for ongoing water rights, cultural connections and use of the waterways, to provide for healthy communities.


For Ngiyampaa / Wiradjuri man and Councillor for the Western Region, Ross Hampton, the river system is the lifeblood of our people.

He says it's vitally important we continue to campaign to protect the inflows and provide a healthy river system that provides the opportunity for our people to live and use that water the way our ancestors did.