As Traditional Owners, Martang Pty. Ltd. (Martang) protected, managed and preserved Aboriginal cultural heritage in their appointed area from 13 September 2007 until 31 July 2019.
On 13 September 2007, the Council appointed Martang as a Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP) in south-west Victoria. It recognised Martang as an organisation representing Traditional Owners with strong traditional links to the area, supported by members of the Djab Wurrung and neighbouring communities.
Martang have said of their work:
The identification, preservation and protection (management) of Aboriginal culture is fundamental to the rights and responsibilities of Traditional Owners, which are enshrined in state, national and international legislation, policies and conventions on the protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage.
On 1 August 2019, Martang had its formal registration as an Aboriginal Party revoked under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 S.156(2)(a). When the RAP is no longer registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006, de-registration is automatic.
The revocation of registration of a RAP does not impact on statutory decisions made by that RAP when registered.
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Reviewed 23 June 2021