The Dja Dja Wurrung have the following Traditional Owner Rights in relation to the land in the Agreement Area which are recognised in accordance with section 9 of the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (Vic): (a) to enjoy the culture and identity of the Dja Dja Wurrung; (b) to maintain a distinctive spiritual, material and economic relationship with the land, and the natural resources on, or depending on, the land; (c) to access and remain on the land; (d) to camp on the land; (e) to use and enjoy the land; (f) to take natural resources on, or depending on the land; (g) to conduct cultural and spiritual activities on the land; and (h) to protect places and areas of importance on the land.
Under the Land Use Activity Agreement in the Recognition and Settlement Agreement, the Dja Dja Wurrung People will have an opportunity to have a say, or consent to certain activities on Crown land, and in some cases, reasonable ’community benefits’ are payable to the Dja Dja Wurrung Clan Aboriginal Corporation.
The Dja Dja Wurrung People will not have to pay for, or hold a licence, to exercise their Traditional Owners right but are required to be able to demonstrate that they are a member of the Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owner group.
There will be annual reporting and monitoring of the Dja Dja Wurrung People’s take of natural resources to ensure sustainability.
The agreement does not provide the Dja Dja Wurrung People with any commercial hunting, fishing or forestry rights under existing allocations. However, it does allow some limited take for commercial purposes, for example, for bushcraft manufacturing.