Over the last 12 months we have been crafting the idea of sharing Yambulla. The premise being that single landholders like us do not have the knowledge nor finances to tackle climate change, biodiversity decline and reconciliation with First Nations peoples alone. Opening the farm gate to other stakeholders feels like a workable solution.
The mutually rewarding relationship we have developed with Black Duck Foods over the last 3 years has given us the courage to open the door to a range of other stakeholders: an Aboriginal lore group, Conservation Futures and ethical corporations who see Yambulla as a place to invest to meet their sustainable development goals.
While experimenting with this sharing concept, it made us think carefully about whether we were being generous. Pre-colonial Aboriginal people didn’t own land, sharing is intrinsic to Culture. In the colonised landscape, the landowner is seen to make a great sacrifice if they share and lose their autonomy over land. Finding a middle ground feels complicated
So instead we currently are framing sharing as a co-custodianship, stakeholders sharing the great privilege of Caring for Country.