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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 12 The business planning story: planning land based enterprises with rural Aboriginal people

Paul Mitchell, Fiona Walsh

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Aboriginal people are assuming increased responsibility for the management of vast rangeland areas of central Australia. They have many uses for the land ranging from traditional hunting, harvesting, burning and ceremony, to cash generating uses such as tourism, pastoralism and the sale of artefacts and ‘bush tucker’ (food from wild plants and animals). The cash economy is now a strong part of the local Aboriginal economy, but many rural Aboriginal people have not had the opportunity to understand the cash system, or business planning and management. To promote better understanding, the Land Management Section of the Central Land Council and Aboriginal traditional owners have developed and used a simple model of participatory business planning.

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