The Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania (ALCT), Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) and nature conservation NGO the Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) partnered with the ILC and Australian Government to acquire Gowan Brae, a 6,749ha freehold property, more than 90 percent of which is unaffected by European settlement.
Gowan Brae, located 175km North West of Hobart, has cultural and environmental values that are significant to Aboriginal Tasmanians. It is bordered by the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and the TLC’s National Reserve System properties at Skullbone Plains.
Acquisition of Gowan Brae allows Indigenous people in Tasmania to reconnect with culturally and environmentally important land through ownership and management of land of in the central highlands bio-region. It provides for the transmission of cultural knowledge and means the land can be incorporated into land management training programs for young Indigenous people.
The acquisition enables Aboriginal people to own and manage culturally and environmentally significant land within the Tasmanian central highlands bio-region.
TAC, in conjunction with ALCT, facilitates access to the property through four cultural camps per year. These provide for the transmission of cultural knowledge to young Aboriginal people and contribute to the maintenance and/or the revitalisation of culture.